Irving David

Irving David read law at the London School of Economics and subsequently trained with the leading London entertainment law firm, Wright & Webb.

After qualifying as a solicitor, he joined Warner Brothers and was rapidly promoted to become their UK Director of Legal and Business Affairs.

In 1981, together with his colleague, Vivian Wineman, he formed David Wineman which, in 2008, merged with DFM Beckman to form DWFM Beckman.

Over the years, Irving has built up an impressive roster of clients which reads like the Who’s Who of the entertainment and media industries, representing countless promoters, impresarios, managers, agents, dancers, classical and popular recording artists, composers, songwriters, record labels, book and music publishers, film, television and record producers, franchisors and franchisees, IP rights owners and games and software developers. He has extensive knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights including Copyright and Trademarks.

He has advised the Bolshoi Ballet, Scottish Ballet, the British Ballet Organization, the Frederick Ashton Foundation and Dance UK and the International Artist Managers’ Association.

He is a corporate member of IAMA and of the MPA, the Music Publishers Association; a full voting member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts; gives frequent Master Classes for the Music Managers Forum and the MPA; and contributes regularly to trade publications including Music Week, One Dance UK News, Dance Magazine, Arts Industry and International Arts Manager on legal and commercial issues relevant to music, dance and intellectual property.

Irving is consistently recognised by the UK Legal 500 as a Recommended Media and Entertainment Lawyer for ‘London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)’. In the current edition of the UK Legal 500 he is described as ‘a very likeable character who never fails to obtain a positive result’. Previous editions have described him as being ‘knowledgeable with strong communication skills’ and as being ‘a good technical draftsman’.