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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

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).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is instructed by universities and Oxbridge colleges to handle ‘complex and cutting-edge cases‘ involving contentious employment and student disciplinary matters as well as handling a wide spectrum of governance and commercial matters in relation to data privacy, partnerships and contracts, and real estate. The team boasts notable expertise in issues related to safeguarding, student and staff misconduct, and industrial relations. Employment specialists Daff Richardson, who is based in Oxford, and Hilary Aldred, who practices from Cambridge, are regularly entrusted to act in complex mandates surrounding discrimination, freedom of speech, and no platforming. Oxford-based governance and student relations expert Sam Rose is also highly recommended. In London, immigration specialist Pat Saini and commercial expert Anna Frankum are further key contacts.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP provides a broad range of trade mark and design protection services, with demonstrable experience in the life sciences sector, notably in relation to technology transfer activities. Practice head Anna Frankum focuses on non-contentious IP matters, namely trade marks and copyright, while Duncan Curley bolsters the team’s litigation capability, joining the firm in March 2022 from litigation boutique, Innovate Legal.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is thoroughly experienced in transactional IP matters, including collaboration agreements, copyright licenses, patents, R&D agreements, as well as trademarks. Christopher Shelley in Oxford heads up the firm’s life sciences sector practice and is the national joint head of team alongside the London-based Anna Frankum. Joanne Vengadesan in Reading co-leads the IP & technology department, with Daniel Berry, who is also based in Reading, helming the IP litigation offering.