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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

Penningtons Manches LLP’s recent workload includes high-profile venture capital and spin-out transactions. Technology and life sciences expert Will Axtell assisted Evox Therapeutics and Vaccitech with their spin-outs from the University of Oxford, which included advising on establishing the companies and handling a £10m investment in each from Oxford Sciences Innovation. Other work highlights saw David Tighe assist with Evotec’s £55.7m acquisition of Cyprotex and Justin Starling advise King’s College London on an investment from Abingworth in GammaDelta Therapeutics, an immunotherapy company founded on research from the university along with that of Cancer Research Technology and The Francis Crick Institute. Chris Shelley, who heads the commercial practice outside London, ‘provides excellent input’ and recently advised on a range of niche commercial contracts for the firm’s new client WideCells Group, which included agreements with cord blood banks for the provision of stem cell processing and storage. Quarto Publishing Group, Natural Environment Research Council and Nexeon are additional clients. Rob Hayesprovides excellent and timely advice’ and recently promoted partner James Wentunderstands the practical implications of transactions’. Commercial partner Joanne Vengadesan splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading and is noted with Nicola McConville, who joined from Blake Morgan LLP. The corporate practice is headed nationally by Guildford-based Simon Bickerdike.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Penningtons Manches LLP is recommended for handling technology transactions and cross-border hi-tech manufacturing agreements, among other matters. Splitting her time between Basingstoke and Reading, Joanne Vengadesan has been advising BluepointLondon on its SmartCity project to invest £100m in upgrading London’s electric vehicle point infrastructure, which saw the firm negotiate contracts with London boroughs, airports, supermarkets and other partners of the scheme. The firm also advised Rezatec on UK Space Agency terms, agreements with collaborators concerning software, data licensing and IP matters relating to a UK Space Agency project it won on behalf of a consortium of bidders. Tectrade, Sapienza Consulting and Points Align are other clients. The practice is now led by London-based Anna Frankum and Oxford partner Chris Shelley following Sam De Silva’s departure to Nabarro LLP (now CMS).

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The team at Penningtons Manches LLP builds a ‘long-lasting, trusting and successful cooperation’ with its clients, which include Jimmy Choo, Vaccitech and IKEA. Retail sector expert Rachael Barber is a ‘standout star’ for litigation; she represented Bosch and its group companies in a trade mark and copyright infringement, domain name recovery and trade libel cases. On the non-contentious side, the firm has advised Bosch on patentable inventions and licensing matters. Trade mark specialist Gavin Stenton was promoted to partner and handled several mandates for Oxford United FC, including cross-border trade mark filing and portfolio management; defending against UK Intellectual Property Office opposition proceedings; and advising on brand protection following the club’s League One promotion. Life sciences, engineering and publishing sector expert Chris Shelley jointly heads the practice with London-based Anna Frankum, and advised Chronos Therapeutics on buying three pre-clinical programmes from a subsidiary of Shire, in which IP, know-how, development and marketing rights were acquired globally for programmes focused on addictive behaviours and fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis. Joanne Vengadesan, who splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading, is also highly regarded, as is associate Holly Strube, formerly of Boyes Turner. Another personnel change saw Sam De Silva depart for Nabarro LLP (now CMS).

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