Associate and Co-Lead of the Blockchain Group,
Mishcon de Reya
Anne is an Associate in the Commercial team and Co-Leads the Blockchain Group. She has experience in advising on emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data and privacy issues and a wide range of IT and commercial contracts including IP licences and assignments, franchising, agency, distribution agreements and sponsorship agreements. Her clients extend across a number of sectors, with a focus on technology, sport, media and retail. Anne was recognised by Legal 500 2020, noting her as a 'Rising Star' for Commercial contracts. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and holds a CIPP/E certification. Anne founded and leads a sub-working group of Tech London Advocates Blockchain which focuses on Legal & Regulatory matters. This group is supported by the Law Society and is comprised of lawyers working together to come up with consistent definitions and standards to be adopted by lawyers in respect of blockchain technology and produce best practice guidelines for lawyers to follow when dealing with agreements partially or fully written in code. She has a diploma in Fintech from the Säid Business School, University of Oxford and was recognised as one of the most influential women in technology in Computer Weekly. Anne enjoys working with entrepreneurial clients, particularly when assisting them with early stage fundraisings and the legal and commercial issues affecting start-up companies. Anne has mentored a number of early stage businesses through various incubator programmes, including MdR Lab. Anne also sits on the M:Tech panel, responsible for overseeing the firm's M:Tech initiative. In addition to her emerging technologies work, Anne has appeared on the expert judging panel of a number of retail tech start-ups at Retail Week Live and has lectured at the London College of Fashion. In a previous role, she completed a secondment with Debenhams. She has also acted for a number of governing bodies, promoters, sponsor and players across sports on major broadcasting matters, image/digital rights agreements and sponsorship arrangements. Anne has featured in the national press, commenting on key legal issues for game developers to consider in respect of their products and regularly writes for various journals including Computers & Law and the Interactive Entertainment Law Review.