Specialist in intellectual property rights and licensing, information technology and e-commerce with particular expertise in the travel industry
Debbie is Head of the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) team, which specialises in advice on intellectual property rights, IT, data protection, and confidentiality and information security issues. She is also a key member of our Travel team, advising on trading arrangements, terms and conditions of business, travel regulations, agency and distribution issues, data protection and privacy.
She is the point of contact for asb brandprotect (fixed fee trade mark application package), and advises on collaboration and strategic alliance arrangements, agency and distribution contracts, manufacturing arrangements, terms and conditions of business, research and development contracts and licence agreements.
Debbie is a member of Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce and is a regular speaker on IT, intellectual property and travel law issues. She is also recognised as ‘an Associate to watch’ in the Chambers & Partners legal services directory.
In 2014 Debbie contributed to a travel industry chapter in new book on corporate liability and work related deaths -you can purchase the book online here.
Areas of expertise
- Intellectual property
- Commercial contracts
- Information technology
- Trading agreements
- Data protection
- Travel law
In the real world … Debbie is a demon baker, and her colleagues are only too pleased to act as guinea pigs for new recipes! She also enjoys keeping fit, and has been responsible for arranging our volleyball fixture list against clients and contacts for several years.
Year of qualification: 2004
What our clients say...
"They've made a good effort to get to know us on a personal level; they're happy to meet face to face rather than be a distant resource running the meter"
A client via Chambers and Partners 2015 - Information Technology
"Your hard work, professionalism and dedication to helping our SMEs [those participating in the British Library's Innovating for Growth Programme] is what has made this programme. Thank you for everything you have done for Innovating for Growth!"
Christina Murphy, Project Manager, Innovating for Growth, British Library
"I recently launched my travel startup and I've been referred to Debbie from a common contact. We had hired her to assist us on international IT and travel regulations. I was genuinely impressed by Debbie. A knowledgeable talent like hers, in such a specific field, is so rare to find. I've been working in the travel industry for more than 10 years, across US and Europe and I can say that I've never met a travel lawyer who is so easy to work with, who understands technology so well, who can anticipate your questions and be proactive in finding solutions. I would recommend Debbie to any travel company or entrepreneur that needs solid, quick and trustworthy legal advice."
What the legal directories say...
Debbie Venn has ‘a wealth of knowledge’
Legal 500 2017
asb law LLP’s ‘personal, professional and competitive’ team has a fine reputation in the market for M&A work, corporate restructurings and regulatory matters
Legal 500 2017
Sources praise Debbie Venn as a "personable, approachable and technically excellent" solicitor. She offers clients expertise in an array of commercial and regulatory matters.
Chambers and Partners 2017