Laura Houston > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

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Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

At Slaughter and May, the commercial contracts advisory group sits within the firm’s global sourcing practice and handles high-risk, complex commercial mandates for a roster of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies and household names including John Lewis, Walmart and Vodafone Group. The team recently advised the Department for Transport on designing and negotiating freight capacity support arrangements. Duncan Blaikie and newly promoted partner Oly Moir jointly lead the commercial contracts group and Rob Sumroy heads up the broader technology and outsourcing practices. Newly promoted partner Laura Houston also contributes to the firm’s commercial work.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

Slaughter and May advises financial services and technology clients on their most complex and strategically significant projects in the fintech arena. The firm’s workload spans areas such as blockchain/distributed ledgers, payments and insurtech, among various others. Its practice includes individuals whose knowledge covers regulatory, technology, IP and data issues, among other areas. Also notable is that the firm continues to run an incubator programme known as Fast Forward, which supports technology entrepreneurs and innovators in growth-stage companies. Ben Kingsley is recommended for governance, emerging markets and AI issues. He co-heads the practice with Rob Sumroy. Another key individual is Duncan Blaikie, who leads the firm’s blockchain working group. Laura Houston made partner in May 2021.