Rob Sumroy > Slaughter and May > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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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)).
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 is particularly strong in terms of its work in the technology sector, encompassing outsourcings, procurements, licensing work, product launches, IT disputes and competition litigation, particularly in relation to M&A transactions. In addition, the firm is well known for advising public sector bodies in relation to major strategic projects. Rob Sumroy has a very active practice, handling major commercial licensing and procurement transactions for technology and telecoms clients, alongside various contentious matters and projects involving the use of disruptive technologies including blockchain and AI. Victoria MacDuff focuses on corporate transactions in the technology sector; Roland Turnill specialises in public takeovers and M&A; and Paul Dickson is also a key member of the corporate team handling matters across the TMT sector. In a recent highlight, the team advised Deliveroo on the competition aspects of Amazon’s acquisition of a minority interest in the company.
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.
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.
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