David Pountney

Associate, Solicitor


David is a solicitor with experience across a variety of areas of intellectual property practice, including patents, designs and trade marks. As a former pharmaceutical research scientist David has a particular interest in contentious and non-contentious patent and regulatory matters affecting the Life Sciences sector. He has assisted clients with patent opinions, freedom to operate and validity assessments and issues concerning pharmaceutical product lifecycle management.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, David spent over a decade as a scientist conducting pharmaceutical research at clinical centres in London, Paris and New York, before leading a neuroscience pre-clinical drug discovery team at GlaxoSmithKline. David was previously on secondment in Beijing and Hong Kong for several years and has assisted clients with enforcement strategy in China.


David holds a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry from King’s College London and an honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wales.

David has completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice at the University of Oxford.