Debbie Venn > DMH Stallard LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

DMH Stallard LLP

Work Department





With more than 17 years’ experience, Debbie has worked with global brands, household names and entrepreneurial businesses advising on trading arrangements, contracts, collaboration agreements, intellectual property rights protection and commercialisation, licensing and royalty agreements, IT contracts (software licences, support and maintenance, SaaS / Cloud, managed services and IT infrastructure contracts), online trading / website regulation, privacy and data protection issues (including GDPRs).

Debbie has worked with manufacturing and distribution businesses, including logistics and international trade agreements, agency terms and sales conditions. She is also an acknowledged expert in the travel sector, working with tour operators, travel agents, destination management companies and suppliers, advising on a wide range of matters including package travel and ATOL regulations, booking conditions and agency agreements.  Debbie has also spoken at many ABTA events and contributed to travel and other publications.


Work highlights

  • Working with some of the UK’s most successful vineyards on matters such as third party growing arrangements, bottling, “white label” production, warehousing and distribution
  • Advising a global engineering business on the protection of IP rights, confidentiality arrangements, data sharing and partnership agreements, IP and patent assignment / licensing
  • Acting for a leading provider of digital cameras, printers and services in respect of the sale of complex machinery, provision of online services and licensed software products, hardware and firmware, IP rights, GDPR compliance and framework contracts
  • Drafting booking terms and conditions and contracts for operating a luggage handling and storage service for an aviation services company and advising on the set up and operation of a remote airport service desk
  • Advising an award-winning leisure business on trading arrangements including supplier contracts, terms with accommodation providers, contracts for the provision of children’s entertainment packages and booking conditions for school programmes.
  • Advising a specialist travel package agency on Package Travel Regulations, bonding arrangements, ABTA membership, booking conditions, supplier contracts and Local Tour Operator Agreements, and ongoing advice on data protection compliance
  • Advising a process and payment platform provider on GDPR compliance, data processing agreements, IT security policies and retention processes, software licensing and services contracts; also on compliance with the Payment Surcharges Regulations
  • Advising a super-computing platform on the protection of its complex software engines for the creation of multiple processing activities and algorithm application in various sectors, including gaming, and on IP ownership of the software



Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

DMH Stallard LLP’s corporate/M&A team at Gatwick is led by Jonathan Grant and John Yates. The regional team has seen a significant increase in PE deals as well as deals with a value exceeding £20m. On the corporate side, Jonathan Grant, Abigail Owen, Helen Mead, and the newly recruited Mark Diamond are well known for being able to ‘fully understand the aims of the transaction and where they can add value’. On the commercial side, John Yates’ previous career in the music industry enables him to establish strong relationships with many media clients. Debbie Venn has strong expertise in the travel sector.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

(Leading individuals)

Debbie VennDMH Stallard LLP

Led by Tim Ashdown on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious, DMH Stallard LLP has established its practice with a focus on GDPR, IT contracting, privacy, data protection, M&A, and relating disputes. Debbie Venn handles the entire range of contracts arising in the IT sector and has a particular affinity for its intersection with the travel industry. With the arrival of several associates the firm has recently seen strong organic growth.

London > Transport > Travel

(Leading individuals)

Debbie VennDMH Stallard LLP

The travel department at DMH Stallard LLP demonstrates notable expertise in matters relating to package travel and ATOL regulations, as well as advising on commercial agreements for agencies and suppliers. With a focus on technology, department head Debbie Venn is particularly well versed in the e-commerce, data protection and cyber aspects of the travel industry. Rebecca Thornley-Gibson and Abigail Maino bring extensive employment experience, while Helen Mead’s strengths in corporate and M&A round out the team.