Originally an engineering graduate from Birmingham University in the UK, David went on to study in France where he obtained a doctorate in physics in 1992 before turning to the law. He built a Domain Name and Internet Governance practice from scratch within Hogan Lovells, naming it Anchovy and today advises clients seeking to optimise their global domain name strategy dealing with cybersquatters and cybersecurity issues, interlacing portfolio management with worldwide enforcement and internet governance.
David was significantly involved in the ICANN new gTLD process over the past eight years being a member of the IRT set up by ICANN in 2009 to propose solutions to the issue of trademark protection in new gTLDs. The practice he leads has provided initial advice, filed applications, as well as filing or responding to all types of Objections concerning numerous new gTLD applications. He was also a member of the ICANN GNSO Council and a special advisor to the INTA (International Trademarks Association) Internet Committee between 2009 and 2012 and was recently selected to serve on the ICANN CCT Review Team tasked with the examination of the extent to which the introduction or expansion of gTLDs has promoted competition, consumer trust and consumer choice.
David is also a domain name panellist for World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for all gTLDs, as well as for .UK, and .EU. When not working he likes to enjoy time with his family, ski and rode twice from London to Paris in 2015 for Leukaemia Research.