Hogan Lovells mourns loss of intellectual property partner Latham

Hogan Lovells is mourning the death of senior London intellectual property partner David Latham, 58, who died suddenly on Friday (15 February).

An inquest into his death is set to open today (19 February), but police are not believed to be treating it as suspicious.

Latham was a long-standing partner at the transatlantic firm, joining in 1986 and becoming a partner in 1990. His international experience included a stint managing legacy Lovells’ New York office.

A spokesperson from the firm said: “Hogan Lovells is saddened by the loss of David Latham. He was a great colleague, a friend to many, and a highly-regarded professional who we all enjoyed working with.

“David was an IP specialist dealing with both agreements and disputes. He had a very broad practice including international trade mark and copyright protection and licensing programmes for existing products and new developments. He was a regular adviser to North American clients on English and European Union issues.

“Our thoughts at this time are with David and his family.”

Writing about Latham’s death, Jeremy Phillips, a senior IP lawyer at Olswang and a visiting professorial fellow at Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute,  said “David was a great enthusiast for all things to do with IP; his enthusiasm was infectious, since it inspired many a young entrant to the legal profession to steer their interest towards the then-nascent field of intellectual property”.

  • Phillips’ tribute to Latham can be found here.