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Joanne is a commercial lawyer, specialising in intellectual property, technology and privacy. She advises on IT and telecommunications contracts, intellectual property and technology licensing, strategic commercial agreements, data protection, e-commerce and rights in data, and brand protection. She has in-depth commercial experience, including through secondments with telecoms suppliers. Much of her work has an international element.

Joanne is rated in ‘band 1’ for intellectual property by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession, where she is described as 'smart, approachable, responsive and easy to work with'. She is also recommended by The Legal 500, where she has been described as 'professional, pragmatic and knowledgeable'. Joanne is the vice-chair of the Data Protection Substantive Law Committee for the iTechLaw Association.

She is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law and the International Trademark Association. Joanne co-chairs the Multilaw Privacy and Information Security Group, is a member of the Multilaw IP/IT sub-group and a faculty member of the Multilaw Academy. She is a contributing author to the UK chapter (privacy section) of Media, Advertising and Entertainment Laws Throughout the World.

Recent work highlights

  • Negotiating, on behalf of an Indian company operating in the defence technology sector, a contract for the manufacture and supply of components and for the licence of technology.
  • Drafting template contracts for the supply of IT and telecoms services, including provision of cloud (SaaS and IaaS) and managed services, connectivity and data services.
  • Advising a US provider of big data analytics services on data anonymisation and handling under the EU data protection regime and on customer contracts and international data transfers.
  • Providing guidance to a well-known food products supplier on clearance searches for new brands.
  • Representing a manufacturer of specialist polymers for use in the opthalmic industry on a joint venture with a Dutch company, including drafting and negotiating associated technology licence and supply agreements.

Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

Penningtons Manches LLP