David Ives > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Slaughter and May

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Intellectual property, outsourcing, information technology.


Partner. David’s practice covers Intellectual Property, Technology, Outsourcing, and Sport. He is the firm’s Head of Intellectual Property and advises on IP protection, exploitation and enforcement, including a particular focus on franchising and sponsorship agreements. He also advises on strategic technology, telecoms and business process sourcing and on software licensing and development agreements, and is an active member of the firm’s Commercial Contracts advisory team.


Joined Slaughter and Mayin 1999. Partner since 2009.


Society of Computers and Law; National Outsourcing Association.


Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA Hons); College of Law, York (Diploma in Legal Practice).


Road and cross-country running, real ale.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals: IT)

David IvesSlaughter and May

Slaughter and May has a strong presence in the technology sector, where it provides full-service advice covering corporate transactions, international data compliance, outsourcing and procurement, antitrust law and the development of new products and services. In addition, the team launched Regulating Digital in January 2021, a cross-disciplinary group providing holistic advice to TMT companies in relation to the complex legal and regulatory aspects of data, data privacy, IP and competition. Rob Sumroy has expertise in commercial licensing, procurement and the commercial and regulatory aspects underpinning the development of new forms of technology, such as AI and blockchain products. David Ives stands out for his expertise in private and public sector-led technology projects, in which he tends to provide advice on outsourcing, software licensing and corporate transactions. Victoria MacDuff specialises in the commercial aspects of technology and telecoms projects. Duncan Blaikie specialises in procurement and licensing agreements, particularly those involving fintech and cybersecurity clients. Associate Oliver Howley is recommended for his niche in robotics and AI.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Active across a diverse range of sectors including retail, technology, fashion, industrial and life sciences, Slaughter and May’s IP team receives contentious and non-contentious mandates in equal measure. Practice head David Ives acts on the majority of instructions, ranging from IP licensing and commercial deals to cross-border trade mark litigation. Head of technology Rob Sumroy assists with commercial IP matters in the emerging fintech sectors.