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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Anna Frankum

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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Intellectual property, commercial.


A partner in the firm’s commercial, IP and IT team. Specialises in intellectual property, especially copyright and trade marks; and commercial contracts including agency, distribution and supply agreements.


Joined Penningtons as trainee 1993; qualified 1995; partner 2003.


International Trademarks Association.


Lincoln College, Oxford (1991 BA Hons Jurisprudence (Oxon); MA (Oxon)); College of Law, Chester (1992); King’s College, London (1998 Dip UK and European Copyright 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: 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: 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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