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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Joanne Vengadesan

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Penningtons Manches LLP

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Commercial, intellectual property and technology.


Partner advising on brand protection and intellectual property; software and IT contracts; electronic commerce and data protection issues; commercial agreements.


Shearn Delamore & co (Malaysia, dual qualified) 1996-2000; Kemp Little 2000-02; Penningtons Solicitors LLP 2002; partner 2007.




International Trademark Association; Society for Computers and Law.


Roedean School, Brighton; University of Nottingham (LLB Hons); Barrister-at-law (1996 Middle Temple); solicitor (2001).

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 ‘excellent and commercial’ team at Penningtons Manches LLP is recommended as being ‘unfailingly prompt and thorough in their responses, giving clear and actionable advice’ and ‘good at understanding business context’. 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: Leading individuals

Joanne Vengadesan - Penningtons Manches LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

Penningtons Manches LLP 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 ‘SmartCity’ 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 LLP builds a ‘long-lasting trust and successful cooperation’ 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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