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David Booth

David Booth

If I had to give David a mark, he would be getting exceptional and top marks from me. His IT and commercial input is invaluable.
Client, Legal Directory, 2023

David Booth has over a decade of legal experience in providing pragmatic and commercial legal advice in technology and commercial transactions. He oversees a market-leading team of lawyers who are committed to supporting clients with their most important technology and commercial matters.

David provides clients with innovative legal solutions for complex, strategic, and business-critical IT, outsourcing and commercial projects. 

He has advised clients across a broad range of sectors, including, technology, manufacturing, telecoms, and financial services. David engages with clients, helping to shape their legal strategy and achieve organisational objectives and competitive advantage.

He plays a pivotal role in supporting the national and international leadership of DLA Piper’s Technology, Industrials and Financial Services Practice Groups. 

A former computer programmer that is passionate about artificial intelligence, David is also a leading member of DLA Piper’s strategic outlook for the use of technology and artificial intelligence, building on recognition by the FT as one of the world’s top 10 law firms for innovation.

He is leading the firm’s approach to artificial intelligence both nationally and internationally and supporting globally influential organisations with their procurement and use of artificial intelligence, ranging from a major UK financial regulatory body to multinational leaders in manufacturing and technology.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


David’s experience includes advising on complex, high-value projects:

  • The Hut Group on technology and commercial projects; this includes supporting contracts crucial for the provision of its e-commerce infrastructure.
  • Moore & Moore on a major collaboration with NexGen Cloud and NVIDIA for the creation of Europe’s largest artificial intelligence Supercloud; a venture that signifies a market-leading initiative.
  • Bentley in relation to its commercial and IT transactions. This includes major procurements as part of the client’s wider digital transformation program.
  • A confidential global provider of cloud products and services on the procurement, implementation and use of artificial intelligence systems.
  • Molson Coors on the outsourcing of manufacturing, canning and packaging functions critical in the implementation of the client’s strategic plans across Europe.
  • A confidential major UK financial regulatory body on its contracting approach for the use of artificial intelligence.
  • Manchester City Council on the development of a comprehensive contracting framework for the procurement of major IT products and services.
  • Rimes Technologies on various complex IT-related outsourcings, fintech, artificial intelligence and technology programs.
  • Cawingredients on its arrangements with Ball Packaging for the supply of cans and can ends for use in its packaging business.
  • TalkTalk in relation to major competitive procurements and its transformation program.
  • Elopak’s in major commercial collaborations with multinational manufacturers for the provision of specialised filling equipment and carton packaging.
  • Key Retirement Group on its commercial transactions and the outsourcing of the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of IT infrastructure (including cybersecurity); the infrastructure will play a critical function in the implementation of the client’s strategic plans.
  • Transport for Greater Manchester on the procurement of major IT and audio visual-related products and services.
  • BASF on its day-to-day operational requirements and guiding their business-critical commercial projects. This includes commercial projects to update to BASF’s business model with strategic customers under major supply contracts.
  • Transparity Solutions on its commercial transactions and its contracts for IT-related products and services.
  • The Co-operative Bank on the outsourcing of the implementation, operation and maintenance of IT infrastructure for critical function in the implementation of the client’s strategic plans.
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    Awards and recognitions

    • Rising Star, Commercial, The Legal 500 Manchester since 2016
    • Outstanding Lawyer, Technology, Acritas Stars since 2018
    • Stand Out Talent, Commercial, Acritas Stars since 2018
    • Northern Powerhouse Awards, Commercial, The Legal 500 since 2023
    • Top ranked for TMT, Chambers Global
    • Top ranked for Outsourcing, Chambers UK-wide
    • Top ranked for TMT: Information Technology, Chambers Europe-wide
    • Top ranked for Commercial Contracts, Chambers