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Joanne is a commercial lawyer, specialising in technology transactions and data protection. Her work encompasses structuring and negotiating contracts for complex technology projects, IT agreements, intellectual property and technology licensing, e-commerce and consumer law issues. Joanne has particular expertise in the electric vehicle technology sector, where she has been assisting a client on its contracts with key partners in relation to electric vehicle charge point infrastructure, as well as on consumer law issues. As an expert in data protection laws, she advises numerous clients on data protection compliance and strategy, including in relation to use of artificial intelligence tools and data licensing. She also has expertise in brand protection, and she and her team manage intellectual property portfolios on behalf of a wide range of clients. 

Recommended by the independent legal directories Chambers UK and The Legal 500, Joanne has been praised for her commercial, information technology and intellectual property work. She has been described in these directories as ‘smart, approachable, responsive and easy to work with’, ‘an excellent negotiator’ and ‘professional, pragmatic and knowledgeable’. She is also a recommended global leader for data privacy and protection, data security and IT in Who’s Who Legal for 2023-2024, and has been identified as a thought leader for both data security and information technology in Who’s Who Legal, from 2022-2024. 

Joanne is on the board of leading international law firm network Multilaw and is the global chair of its inclusion and diversity committee. Her previous roles include serving as chancellor of the Multilaw Academy, co-chair of the Multilaw intellectual property and technology group, and chair of the data protection committee for global technology law association iTechLaw. She heads the firm's digital business sector group.

Recent work highlights

  • Negotiating, on behalf of an Indian company operating in the defence technology sector, a contract for the manufacture and supply of components and for the licence of technology.
  • Drafting template contracts for the supply of IT and telecoms services, including provision of cloud (SaaS and IaaS) and managed services, connectivity and data services.
  • Advising a US provider of big data analytics services on data anonymisation and handling under the EU data protection regime and on customer contracts and international data transfers.
  • Providing guidance to a well-known food products supplier on clearance searches for new brands.
  • Representing a manufacturer of specialist polymers for use in the opthalmic industry on a joint venture with a Dutch company, including drafting and negotiating associated technology licence and supply agreements.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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