Dave Holt

Dave Holt

Partner - IP Solicitor

A partner in Potter Clarkson’s litigation and licensing team, Dave specialises in non-contentious intellectual property law, with experience in significant contentious patent matters. Dave specialises in the biotechnology, synthetic biology and cancer therapeutics sectors, with a major part of his practice focussing on novel therapeutics.

In particular, his practice includes drafting highly complex, multi-jurisdictional agreements including licensing arrangements, research and development agreements and complex collaboration agreements, as well as providing commercially focussed IP strategy advice for his clients.

Prior to joining Potter Clarkson in April 2018, Dave trained and qualified at a leading national law firm before spending a period as Assistant General Counsel at Unidays Ltd - the world’s largest student affinity network, managing its IP portfolio, agreements and international expansion.



IP strategy, synthetic biology, confidentiality and trade secrets, industrial chemistry, biotechnology and licensing


Dave read law at the University of Durham before completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) at Nottingham Law School. During his first two years of qualification, Dave completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice at Oxford University. 


LLB (Hons), LPC, PgDip (Oxon)

Awards & Recognition

MIP IP STARS - Rising Star 2022


Dave has a keen interest in rugby (although gave up playing a while ago!) and also enjoys Olympic lifting, playing tennis, running and modern languages, more recently learning elementary Spanish and Norwegian. Dave also runs the firm’s tennis club and corporate gym membership scheme. In addition, Dave likes to travel, live music and new challenges.


English, German



Charming, bright and fantastic at getting the job done." The Legal 500 UK Solicitors, 2024