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David has significant experience advising clients on a broad range of complex issues relating to intellectual property, technology and data. Typically, David advises clients looking to harness and exploit IP, including international commercial opportunities. David also helps clients on a range of commercial transactions and joint ventures.

David’s practice focuses on the capture, protection and exploitation of IP rights and technology. This includes advising on high profile joint ventures, licensing, and franchising, both domestic and international.

David also acts on large-scale commercial and technology contracts for clients across a range of sectors. His work in this field often includes outsourcing contracts, covering, for example, printing services for media clients, IT for banking or catering for cultural institutions and visitor attractions.

Particularly appreciated for his high standard of service and clear, level-headed advice, David has established a strong reputation with notable players and intermediaries in the education, technology, banking and philanthropy sectors. His client base includes leading UK universities, schools and educational institutions; banks and investment funds; privately-held businesses in growth areas, including tech start-ups; and high-profile donors and philanthropists.

With a strong transactional IP and commercial law skillset, David regularly collaborates with specialist colleagues on corporate, banking, finance, litigation and charity law issues.

David is regularly approached to speak at industry events. He is also a member of firm’s trainee recruitment panel.


"David Copping is very strong on both contracts and IP advice." (Legal 500 2024)

"David Copping – Impressive expert in all commercial and intellectual property matters. A go-to person." (Legal 500 2024)

"David is an outstanding lawyer." (Chambers UK 2024)

"He is excellent to work with and is solutions-oriented." (Chambers UK 2024)

"‘David Copping is … excellent – responsive and readily available. He analyses complex issues quickly and allocates the work to the right people." (Legal 500 2023)

"David Copping is excellent, very responsive and commercial in his approach." (Legal 500 2022)

"David is a knowledgeable, organised and efficient lawyer." (Chambers UK 2022)

"He is extremely thorough and has a great understanding of the sector." (Chambers UK 2022)

"He is client-focused, brings new ideas to the table and has an all-encompassing knowledge of the key issues affecting the education sector." "He is very pragmatic, knowledgeable and goes above and beyond with his approach." (Chambers UK 2021)

"David Copping is always very responsive and provides excellent advice on projects and in certain compliance areas." (Legal 500 2021)

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