David specialises in intellectual property matters, with particular expertise in trade marks, registered and unregistered designs, and copyright. David works with large and small clients in a diverse range of industries, including FMCGs, fashion, life sciences, agriculture and heavy industry, entertainment, TMT and the arts.
A solicitor advocate, David also has the benefit of in house experience, having represented The Coca-Cola Company as Trade Mark Counsel for Western Europe in 2003-2005. David received a special commendation from the WORLDLeaders: European IP Awards for his work with The Coca-Cola Company.
In November 2012, David was recognised as the (London) Times Lawyer of the Week. David led the team that won the EU Trade Mark and Design Team of the Year at the MIP Awards 2013.
- Recent Work
- successfully representing Samsung against Apple in design right infringement proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal, and at OHIM
- representing The Coca-Cola Company before the General Court and Court of Justice, as well as with brand protection including trade marks and designs in the UK and EU
- representing international and domestic clients before the High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (formerly the Patents County Court)
- the second edition of David's book, European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016.
Clients say David “has all the ingredients that make for an exceptional lawyer: he is academically outstanding, extraordinarily business minded and just a really nice, affable and articulate guy” (WTR, 2016). Chambers UK (2016) ranks David in Band 1 for IP, with clients stating that David “comes up with unusual and clever solutions to the issues we are tackling”. Chambers Global ranks David highly with clients describing him as "a pleasure to work with" and a “quintessential authority in his chosen fields” (Chambers Global, 2015). The MIP IP Stars Handbook (2015) describes David as “charismatic” and “renowned in designs”
Legal 500 2014 recommends David as a Leading Individual for Brand Management. David is also listed in The Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, and PLC Which Lawyer and has been recognised by readers of Trademark World as an IP Luminary. David chairs the Designs Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and also sits on INTA’s Europe Global Advisory Council.
A graduate of the universities of Sydney, Oxford and Cambridge, David writes and lectures extensively on intellectual property issues. David is also a domain name dispute arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization, and has been appointed a Notary Public by the Archbishop of Canterbury.