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Ian has over thirty years' experience as a litigator. He specialises in disputes involving data, technology and intellectual property. Ian leads the firm’s Data, IP and Technology Disputes team

In relation to data, Ian helps clients respond to cyber-security attacks; he assists clients in responding to regulators and individuals about non-compliance with data privacy requirements; and he handles claims against third parties when data has been misused or taken, for example by former employees.  

Regarding technology, Ian handles disputes when technology outsourcing contracts have encountered problems. He also deals with disputes about software licences and infringement of computer source code.

In relation to intellectual property, Ian’s work focuses on brands, in particular trade mark infringement claims and domain name disputes. He also deals with a wider range of copyright and database rights disputes.

Ian is increasingly working on mandates relating to Generative AI, given his decades of experience in the three core underlying areas of Data, IP and Technology.  

Ian’s sector experience includes retail, hotels & leisure, financial services, technology, betting & gaming, sport, media & publishing, education and private wealth.

Much of Ian's work has a cross-border element. He has a wide network of professional and business relationships with lawyers around the world. These close relationships help him manage multi-jurisdictional issues for his clients.

Membership & Accolades

Ian is a Director of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), an organisation consisting of mainly private practice lawyers from over 100 countries and is a past President of its Intellectual Property Commission.

Ian is also a member of ITech Law, the Society for Computers & Law and INTA.



"Effective, experienced, personable, diverse team, especially the inspirational Ian De Freitas." (Legal 500 2024)

"Ian De Freitas – a very experienced skilful lawyer and safe pair of hands." (Legal 500 2024)

He is "extremely knowledgeable, always accessible and willing to help" (Chambers UK 2024)

"Ian De Freitas provides lucid, penetrating analysis of complex legal issues." (Chambers UK 2023)

"He is calm and clear-thinking and he has helped us immensely through a challenging period." (Chambers UK 2023)

"Ian De Freitas is very knowledgeable in his areas of speciality. He provides great service."(Chambers UK 2023)

" Ian De Freitas is top notch for anything data privacy or cyber related." (Legal 500 2022)

"Ian De Freitas is a top-quality litigator, who is always on top of the detail but able to see the big picture. He also always thinks both inside and outside the box, is a great team leader and gets superb results for his clients." (Legal 500 2021)

"Ian De Freitas has a deep knowledge of his areas of expertise (IP, data and technology), is very well connected internationally, responsive, pragmatic and a solutions-finder." (Legal 500 2021)

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