Irving David read law at the London School of Economics and subsequently trained with a leading London entertainment law firm, Wright & Webb.
Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor, he joined Warner Brothers and became 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, he 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, and games and software developers.
He has advised the Bolshoi Ballet, Scottish Ballet, the British Ballet Organization, the Frederick Ashton Foundation and Dance UK.
He is a main board member of One Dance UK, the official voice of the British dance Industry and chairman of its development board; a corporate member of IAMA, the International Artist Managers’ Association 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 Music Publishers Association; 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 a UK Legal 500 2017 Recommended Lawyer for ‘London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)’ within ‘Media and Entertainment’. He has been described as ‘a very likeable character who never fails to obtain a positive result’. He has also been noted as ‘knowledgeable with strong communication skills’ and is a ‘good technical draftsman’.