Laura Houston

Joined firm 2011. Partner since 2021.

Laura is a partner in our Technology, Digital, Data and IP group and advises clients on the full spectrum of IP, tech and commercial contracts matters.

Laura’s IP practice covers both advisory and transactional work. She has extensive experience in advising clients on the protection and exploitation of IP rights across a broad range of sectors and industries. Laura frequently acts on IP licensing arrangements, as well as the IP and technology aspects of mergers, acquisitions, disposals, investments and joint ventures.

On the tech side, Laura advises on all areas of traditional and emerging technologies, including blockchain, AI and Internet of Things, both in an advisory capacity and as part of wider transactions. Laura also has significant experience in advising on the transitional servicing aspects of corporate transactions, in addition to a wide range of other commercial arrangements either underpinning such transactions or on a standalone basis.

Laura advises clients on data protection and privacy issues in a wide range of contexts.

Highlights include advising:

  • Leading global semiconductor IP and IoT company, Arm, on the IP and tech aspects of the joint venture of its Chinese semiconductor business.
  • SC Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on its partnership with Northern Trust to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies.
  • Prudential and M&G on the complex branding aspects of their demerger.
  • Ocado on the branding and strategic sourcing aspects of its joint venture arrangement with M&S.
  • GlaxoSmithKline on various major transactions, including the three-part interconditional transaction with Novartis, which involved the creation of its earlier global consumer healthcare joint venture, alongside the global oncology portfolio disposal to Novartis and the global vaccines acquisition by GSK.
  • UK Asset Resolution on its strategic and transformational project to outsource the servicing of its portfolio of £30 billion of mortgage assets to Computershare Limited.