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.
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.
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.
- Fintech - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
- Commercial contracts - London > Corporate and commercial
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- 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: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Finance > Debt capital markets
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – mid-large cap
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- 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
- Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations
- 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
- Real estate > Property finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing