About Vanessa Barnett

I am a commercial lawyer who helps clients who are using technology to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things.  People that shake things up.

I have supported clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, across goods, services and digital.  My track record includes Amlin, Apple, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Google, Tesco, Tesco Mobile, SBOBet, SuperGroup, and Westfield, as well as high growth companies like Canonical, HQhair and Loans.co.uk.

I am frequently singled out by clients in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for my client service and practical approach: it’s all about using the law to get what you need as easily and neatly as possible.

I use a bespoke mix of the lawyers’ toolbox to help my clients, which could include structuring and documenting commercial relationships, protecting revenue and ideas, making sure the data can be gathered and exploited, and ticking off any consumer or industry-specific regulations.

Here’s what third party client feedback has been over the years – believe them, not me!

“Vanessa Barnett ‘knows the law and is very commercial,’ sources say.” Chambers UK, 2016

“Vanessa Barnett is ‘an excellent facilitator’ and a ‘clear and pragmatic lawyer’.” Legal 500 2013

“Vanessa Barnett recommended for ‘great technical skills without being overly legalistic‘”
Legal 500 2012

“Interviewees recognise Vanessa Barnett for her extensive market knowledge, commenting that “there is nothing that she hasn’t seen and dealt with before.” Clients also appreciate her “ability to condense complex matters into plain English.” Chambers UK 2012

“has impressed clients with her “clear-cut communication style and tenacious work ethic.”.” Chambers UK 2009

But it’s not all about law: from April 2015 to October 2016 Vanessa took time out to hike, climb and ski around the world.



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