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Slaughter and May

Living Wage

Work Department

IP/IT, Data Protection, Cyber, Outsourcing


Partner; Duncan advises clients on a full range of intellectual property, technology and strategic sourcing matters, including in relation to digital strategy, emerging technology and fintech. Duncan is also an active member of the firm’s Cyber, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts advisory teams.


Joined Slaugher and May 2007. Partner since 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

(Leading individuals)

Duncan BlaikieSlaughter and May

Slaughter and May ‘always provides very commercial advice in a timely manner’ and fields ‘a first-class team of talented individuals’ led by Duncan Blaikie and Oly Moir; Blaikie is active in the IP, technology, financial services and retail sectors, while Moir excels in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources arenas. The group is particularly well regarded for its experience in cross-border mandates, leveraging the firm’s global strength, acting for a roster of household names including John Lewis, Asda and Vodafone. Other key practitioners include Rob Sumroy, who is head of the firm’s technology and strategic sourcing practice, and David Ives, who focuses on the retail and technology sectors.

London > Industry focus > TMT

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.

London > Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare

Leveraging the firm’s position in the market as a transactional powerhouse, Slaughter and May’s corporate practitioners are regularly involved in high-profile corporate and financing transactions at a national and international level. In a recent highlight, the group advised GlaxoSmithKline on the demerger of its consumer healthcare business into a separately listed group. Richard Smith and Claire Jackson are the key corporate names and lead the team with Duncan Blaikie, who handles commercial work and IP issues. Transactional expert David Johnson is also recommended.

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

(Next Generation Partners)

Duncan BlaikieSlaughter and May

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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