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Penningtons Manches Cooper

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155710 Oxford 13

Christopher Shelley

Work 01865 813603
Penningtons Manches LLP

Work Department

Commercial, intellectual property.


Partner in the IP and commercial department, specialising in intellectual property and competition law; practice includes all aspects of these areas of law, principally non-contentious; IP practice focuses on science and technology-based companies, particularly in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and the publishing sector.


Articled SJ Berwin; qualified 1986; assistant solicitor SJ Berwin 1986-90; assistant solicitor Manches LLP 1990-91; partner Manches LLP since 1992.


French, German.


Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation; Competition Law Association; Licensing Executives Society.


Marlborough College; University of Sussex; University of Strasbourg; College of Law, Guildford (1982 BA Hons Law).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Penningtons Manches Cooper's cross-border work is gaining momentum, with the firm having a presence on a number of international networks, including Multilaw (the firm was a founding member), the American Bar Association and the European Law Group. In addition, the firm has a San Francisco office, which was opened in December 2014; Hamish Corner, who divides time between the London and San Francisco offices, advises numerous US-based clients on their EU and UK operations and transactions. Anna Frankum recently advised the UK branch of Florida State University on its contract with an estate management company, and also advised on GDPR issues connected with agreements with suppliers. Rubina Khan (who was hired from Bird & Bird LLP in 2017) and others recently assisted Banque Transatlantique with the drafting of its customer-facing communications, which included its website terms and conditions. Frankum co-heads the practice with Chris Shelley. Jon Bartley moved to RPC.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Penningtons Manches Cooper's 'excellent' intellectual property department is instructed by clients such as Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce and new client Joseph Giles. It successfully represented CHT Germany in oppositions to trade mark applications made for UK and EU trade mark rights by a Chinese company. In another work highlight, the group advised the Institute of Psychoanalysis on copyright and other issues, including contracts with contributors, licensors and publishers. Anna Frankum heads up the practice, alongside Oxford-based Chris Shelley,  and focuses predominantly on non-contentious IP matters, Alex Fox handles disputes, both at litigation and arbitration. Change to the team include the departures of Rachael Barber to join Kemp Little LLP  and Jim Kinnier Wilson to establish Wilson Life Sciences.

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The ‚Äėexcellent and commercial‚Äô team at¬†Penningtons Manches Cooper¬†is recommended as being ‚Äėunfailingly prompt and thorough in their responses, giving clear and actionable advice‚Äô and ‚Äėgood at understanding business context‚Äô. The team has a track record of advising growth companies, with strong relationships with Touchstone Innovations and Oxford University Innovation. The practice is also noted for its work on high-profile venture capital and spin-out transactions; recent highlights include¬†Rob Hayes¬†advising Veryan Holdings on its equity investment from a syndicate of institutional investors and debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank and David Tighe¬†acting for equity crowd-funding platform Seedrs on its new funding round with a follow-on investment by Woodford Investment Management. Life sciences continues to be another area of specialism for the firm in the Thames Valley; technology and life sciences expert Will Axtell¬†advised the management team of Timico on a ¬£50m investment from Lyceum Capital and Chris Shelley¬†advised the shareholders of¬†Oxford Gene Technology on its acquisition by Sysmex Corporation. Other key figures in the team include James Went, Nicola McConville, Justin Starling]¬†and Joanne Vengadesan.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Penningtons Manches Cooper¬†is strong for handling complex technology transactions, advising on hi-tech manufacturing agreements and acting for IT suppliers in support of their sales processes. One high-profile matter has seen¬†Joanne Vengadesan¬†assisting Bluepointlondon with its ¬£100m ‚ÄėSmartCity‚Äô project to upgrade the electric vehicle charging point infrastructure and install hundreds of new charging points to extend the network. Other highlights included advising Tectrade Computers on contracts with its customers and advising Tata Advanced Systems on a technology purchase agreement in relation to a high-tech manufacturing matter and licence agreements for a joint venture involving prototype technologies. London-based Anna Frankum¬†and Oxford partner Chris Shelley¬† jointly lead the practice.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Shelley - Penningtons Manches Cooper

Within: Intellectual property

The team at¬†Penningtons Manches Cooper¬†builds a ‚Äėlong-lasting trust and successful cooperation‚Äô with its clients, which include Jimmy Choo, Vaccitech and IKEA. The practice offers expert advice on patents, know-how, trade mark and copyright licensing, and copyright, database and design right protection. Oxford-based partner¬†Chris Shelley¬†jointly heads the practice with London-based¬†Anna Frankum.¬†Shelley is particularly renowned for his work in the life sciences, publishing and engineering sectors; in one recent highlight he advised new client Inkpath on various issues including data protection and the implications of the GDPR, negotiating contracts and drafting an evaluation agreement. Trade marks specialist¬†Gavin Stenton¬†provides strategic brand protection advice to brand owners in a wide variety of sectors including fashion, sport, drinks, publishing and professional services. Joanne Vengadesan,¬†who splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading, is also highly regarded, as is associate¬†Holly Strube.¬†A notable personnel change saw¬†Rachael Barber¬†leave the practice to join¬†Kemp Little LLP.

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