Vanessa is a commercial lawyer who helps clients who are using technology to innovate or disrupt established ways of doing things. She has supported clients from household-name global brands to nimble start-ups do this for over 15 years, across goods, services and digital.
Vanessa is frequently singled out by clients in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for her client service and practical approach, using a bespoke mix of the lawyers’ toolbox to support the business objective, 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.
Vanessa has advised established businesses like Amlin, Apple, Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Google, Tesco, Tesco Mobile, SBOBet, SuperGroup, and Westfield. She has also advised successful high-growth companies such as autograph.me, Canonical, HQhair and Loans.co.uk. Her experience spans all sectors, but most recently in retail, financial services, sport, and TMT.
Vanessa believes in open legal knowledge and was the founding author of the Internet section of Practical Commercial Precedents. She has also been a regular Internet industry commentator and speaker.
I have engaged Vanessa on a number of E-Commerce/Tech projects at all stages of my career at Tesco.com and Wiggle. Vanessa is an unusual character as lawyers, go being both pragmatic and highly commercial. The quality of her output is always excellent, on time, and on budget. She is also great fun to work with and I will engage her services again and again.
E-Commerce Consultant specialising in Cross Border Trading, Localisation and International Strategy
Vanessa is smart, strategic, focused – you want her on your side if it matters. What makes Vanessa stand out is her way of working: she goes the extra mile to understand the business, the people and the commercial motivations. She combines her knowledge of the law, negotiation tactics and the context to help us deliver. No matter how urgent or pressured the situation, Vanessa is cool, calm and friendly. We know she’s got our back!
Global Head of Procurement
UK Mobile Operator
I have worked with Vanessa for a number of years and found her to be not only technically excellent but also incredibly commercial. She provides solutions to problems and understands the pressures on legal teams to provide innovative solutions. She works in partnership with the business as a trusted advisor.
Group General, Counsel SuperGroup
“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 her 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, 2011
“Vanessa Barnett is admired for her ‘broad industry knowledge, commercial approach and exceptional work ethic‘”
Chambers UK, 2010
“Has impressed clients with her ‘clear-cut communication style and tenacious work ethic‘”
Chambers UK, 2009
|2016||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2011-2015||Charles Russell Speechlys | Partner and Head of TMT Group|
|1999-2011||Berwin Leighton Paisner | Trainee, Associate then Partner|
|2001||Qualified as a Solicitor|
|1999||Diageo | Trade Mark Paralegal|
|1994-1996||Bristows | IP Paralegal|
|1992-1993||Berrymans | Litigation Paralegal|