Laura Houston > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Slaughter and May Offices
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Commercial Contracts, Strategic Sourcing, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy, Emerging Tech, Cyber, Tech Transactions
Laura is a partner in our IP/Tech group and advises clients on the full spectrum of IP, tech and commercial contracts matters.
Laura’s IP practice covers both advisory and transactional work. She has extensive experience in advising clients on the protection and exploitation of IP rights across a broad range of sectors and industries, alongside portfolio management matters. In addition, Laura frequently acts on IP licensing arrangements, as well as the IP and technology aspects of mergers, acquisitions, disposals, investments and joint ventures.
On the tech side, Laura advises on all areas of traditional and emerging technologies, including blockchain, AI and Internet of Things, both in an advisory capacity and as part of wider transactions. Laura also has significant experience in advising on the transitional servicing aspects of corporate transactions, in addition to a wide range of other commercial arrangements underpinning such transactions.
Laura is also an active participant in our Data Privacy hub, advising clients on data protection and privacy issues in a wide range of contexts.
Joined firm in 2011. Partner since 2021.
The TMT group at Slaughter and May is especially well known for its work supporting major technology clients on corporate and commercial transactions. The practice is co-headed by long-term TMT stalwart Rob Sumroy and experienced corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff. The firm’s offering in this sector was further strengthened by the promotion of two associates to partners in May 2021: Laura Houston and James Cook. Houston assists a broad client base in the acquisition, creation, exploitation, and divestment of technology assets, while Cook assists technology and telecoms clients in a range of transactions, in addition to co-heading the fintech practice with Sumroy. Roland Turnill and Duncan Blaikie are also noted, as are Paul Dickson and David Watkins for their media work.
Slaughter and May advises major technology-based businesses and emerging companies on the full range of technology matters. These include transactions, regulatory and competition issues, licensing strategies, outsourcing and transformation projects, platform redevelopments, IT disputes, and blockchain, AI and cyber matters . The team also has expertise in the telecoms space, handling network set-up and sharing, connectivity and fibre arrangements, physical and virtual data centres, and tower infrastructure. Practice group head Rob Sumroy is praised as an ‘exceptional practitioner’ who handles major commercial licensing and procurement transactions, as well as technology disputes. Of recent note is his experience in assisting clients with emerging disruptive technologies, including AI and blockchain, fintech, cyber, and e-commerce issues. David Ives has clients in both the private and public sectors, and advises on outsourcing and software matters, and complex IT systems separation projects. Duncan Blaikie specialises in strategic technology and telecoms procurement and licensing arrangements, while corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff handles technology and telecoms-related commercial transactions. Laura Houston and James Cook were promoted to partner in 2021.
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- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Finance > Debt capital markets
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Industry focus > TMT
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Employment > Employers
- Real estate > Environment
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Finance > Securitisation
- Finance > Acquisition finance
- Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Real estate > Property finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)