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Penningtons Manches Cooper's IT team is brilliant, reliable and responsive. The quality of service is outstanding.

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Strong team well versed in both contentious and non-contentious IT work, standing out in particular for complex and high-value transactions. Acts for an impressive range of national and international clients. Noted for expertise on hi-tech manufacturing agreements.

Notable practitioners
Joanne Vengadesan: ‘Joanne is a very strong and well-respected lawyer.’

Chambers UK - 2022 edition


When it comes to tech issues, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a leading firm across the South East. Its practice spans numerous office locations and is therefore able to advise on a broad range of issues including software supply agreements, AI projects and data protection. Joanne Vengadesan leads the team from Reading, which also includes senior associate Oliver Kidd, who has developed the firm's relationship with tech companies on the Surrey market from the Guildford office.

The Legal 500 - 2022 edition


Strengths: 'Smart people with broad international experience,' a client reports.

Notable practitioners
Joanne Vengadesan advises tech companies and corporate customers on development and licence agreements of all kinds, often concerning products at the very frontiers of computer science and machine learning. 'Joanne is smart and always responsive, so teaming up with her is always a pleasant experience.'

Chambers UK - 2021 edition


Data protection specialist Joanne Vengadesan, who leads the IT & telecoms team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, is also co-chair of the data protection committee at international tech law association iTech Law. The wider practice's expertise includes structuring and negotiating transactions, data protection for new technologies, international manufacturing agreements, blockchain and artificial intelligence projects. Oliver Kidd is a specialist in IT, technology and outsourcing while Dan Lovett is renowned for his work in complex data protection matters.

Joanne Vengadesan is smart, focused, with a wide international background that allows her to liaise and connect easily with clients and peers.

The Legal 500 - 2021 edition


Data protection and IT transactions specialist Joanne Vengadesan heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, which is known for its work with the firm's corporate team on technology transactions in combination with its abilities on IT contracts and its cross-border capabilities. The highly regarded Vengadesan has a 'solid background in technology matters'.

The Legal 500 - 2020 edition


Strengths: One client describes the team as ‘consistently good across the board.’

Notable practitioners
Joanne Vengadesan acts for suppliers and customers of technology on transactions of all kinds and associated regulatory compliance. In the words of one client, ‘she is smart and always responsive when needed, so teaming with her is always a pleasant experience.’

Chambers UK - 2019 edition


Strong team well versed in both contentious and non-contentious IT work, and which particularly stands out for its strength in complex and high-value transactional matters. Acts for an impressive array of national and international clients. Noted for expertise on hi-tech manufacturing agreements.

Strengths: One client states: ‘They're definitely a strong firm with a wide area of expertise in IT matters, whether it's the IP aspects of technology deals or data security and privacy.’

Another client says: ‘They are excellent, very committed to the work and always available when needed.’ 

Notable practitioners
Joanne Vengadesan is highlighted by clients for her negotiation skills, with one saying: ‘She is calming and able to work through complex issues to get a positive resolution for both sides.’ She is highly regarded for her work advising both suppliers and customers on technology contracts and data protection issues.

Chambers UK - 2018 edition


Forensic Archive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Home Office, manages a number of intellectual property portfolios relating to forensic science services on behalf of the UK Government. Penningtons Manches advises us on IP and commercial matters, and in particular we have worked with Hamish Corner for many years. Their team understands the environment in which we operate - they are knowledgeable in this area of law, and pragmatic and business-oriented in their approach.

Alison Fendle, Executive director, Forensic Archive


With the successful launch of our ECLIPSE software suite, it was important to feel confident that we had a professional software licence agreement which was clear to the customer and minimised the exposure to Sapienza. Penningtons Manches made the process straightforward, giving pro-active advice in order to achieve the best approach for our business model.

Mike Bearman, Managing director, Sapienza Consulting


Sam De Silva is a hands-on lawyer who provides commercially focused advice on complex transactions. He meets his commitments to deliver on time and is a great communicator.

Raquel McGrath, Head of legal at DX Network Services


The Penningtons Manches team has supported us for several years, drafting our template contracts for the supply of IT services (development, support, hosting) as well as helping us to review customer terms. We have always found them to be highly professional, reliable and thorough. Communication is easy and efficient and they respond quickly with clear advice.

Paul Spearman, Director, 3chillies


I have secured the expert services of Sam De Silva in the drafting of technology procurement contracts on more than one occasion. Sam has always offered sound and timely expert advice and uses a friendly and clear style in his delivery. Sam is able to offer a rare combination of procurement and legal expertise. I would not hesitate to recommend his work.

Ginny Warr, Head of procurement, Sovereign Housing Association


Our clients


Forensic Archive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Home Office, manages a number of intellectual property portfolios relating to forensic science services on behalf of the UK Government. Penningtons Manches advises us on IP and commercial matters, and in particular we have worked with Hamish Corner for many years. Their team understands the environment in which we operate - they are knowledgeable in this area of law, and pragmatic and business-oriented in their approach.

Alison Fendle, Executive director, Forensic Archive


With the successful launch of our ECLIPSE software suite, it was important to feel confident that we had a professional software licence agreement which was clear to the customer and minimised the exposure to Sapienza. Penningtons Manches made the process straightforward, giving pro-active advice in order to achieve the best approach for our business model.

Mike Bearman, Managing director, Sapienza Consulting


Sam De Silva is a hands-on lawyer who provides commercially focused advice on complex transactions. He meets his commitments to deliver on time and is a great communicator.

Raquel McGrath, Head of legal at DX Network Services


The Penningtons Manches team has supported us for several years, drafting our template contracts for the supply of IT services (development, support, hosting) as well as helping us to review customer terms. We have always found them to be highly professional, reliable and thorough. Communication is easy and efficient and they respond quickly with clear advice.

Paul Spearman, Director, 3chillies


I have secured the expert services of Sam De Silva in the drafting of technology procurement contracts on more than one occasion. Sam has always offered sound and timely expert advice and uses a friendly and clear style in his delivery. Sam is able to offer a rare combination of procurement and legal expertise. I would not hesitate to recommend his work.

Ginny Warr, Head of procurement, Sovereign Housing Association


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