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Rob is a partner in our IP/Tech group and Head of our Technology and Strategic Sourcing practices. He is global co-head of the Data Privacy Hub and co-leads both our cross stream Cyber Advisory unit and our Emerging Technology team.
He advises on all areas of technology, digital and data, including around emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI/ML and IoT, as well as privacy, cyber and the regulation of data across a broad range of sectors. He regularly helps clients understand and mitigate risk, whether linked to a changing regulatory compliance framework, adapting to evolving technological advancement, implementation of material transformation programmes or the increasing complexity around the management of data.
His IP practice involves advising on the creation, protection and exploitation of IP rights in a diverse range of sectors, including media, financial services, technology and sport. Rob also has significant experience in handling the IP, technology and data protection aspects of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other major corporate transactions.
As head of the Strategic Sourcing practice, Rob is often called on by clients to advise on risks, structuring options and commercial impacts of sourcing and procurement arrangements. In this role, Rob was part of our 4-partner team leading our independent review of the problems faced by TSB with its major IT platform transformation, the report on which was published in 2019.
Trained at Slaughter and May; qualified in 1996; solicitor for seven years; partner since 2003.
Society of Computers and Law; National Outsourcing Association (NOA) – his team won Best Practice Award for outstanding advisor of 2007. He is a member of the PLC, IP IT and Communications Law Editorial Board and the Outsource Magazine Editorial Board, and also sits on the National Outsourcing Associations Cloud Computing Steering Committee.
Leeds Grammar School; Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA Law Hons 2(1)).
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.
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 represents a wide-range of clients across the fintech space, including challenger neobanks as well as insurtech, payment, financial regulation and financial data companies. The team also advises financial services and technology clients on their strategic projects within the fintech market. The firm continues to run the ‘Fast Forward’ incubator programme, which supports the work of technology entrepreneurs and innovators. After the departure of Ben Kingsley in April 2022, Rob Sumroy now co-heads the practice alongside newly promoted partner James Cook, who advises fintech companies on corporate transactions. Jan Putnis handles financial regulatory issues, while associate David Shone acts for fintech start-ups and challengers on a variety of matters.
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.
London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
Slaughter and May‘s IP practitioners advise clients from a wide range of industries, including the fashion, technology, retail, and life sciences sectors. Advising a number of household names and blue-chip global clients, the group is notably active in disputes, licensing work, collaborations, and litigation. David Ives leads the practice, which also fields Rob Sumroy, who is a key contact in the team for commercial IP matters in the digital technology, innovation and fintech sectors.
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