Karen Harrison Partner T:01332 497617 M:07392 081709

A commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property, IT, franchising and data protection.

Drawing on in-house experience with an international venture capitalist and a University IP team, Karen acts for IT vendors and purchasers in education, retail and e-commerce sectors.

Karen advises clients on all aspects of their commercial contracting arrangements and projects including supply, distribution, agency, licensing, manufacturing, R&D, collaboration, franchising, outsourcing, joint venture and bespoke contracts of all types. She acts for vendors and purchasers of IT products and services including systems acquisition, outsourcing, ASP, software as a service (SaaS), cloud service provision, software development, licensing and support, VAR, e-commerce and web hosting agreements. 

Karen drafts and negotiates IP-related contracts relating to materials transfer, clinical trials, licensing and marketing agreements. She has extensive experience of advising clients on data protection compliance and data breaches.

Recent examples of how Karen has helped clients include:

  • acquiring a critical enterprise resource planning system for a global aerospace company from a supplier in the US;
  • achieving successful business outcomes for a retail space design consultancy; and
  • ensuring a motor retailer did not pay fines, compensation or costs of fraud-checking, following a data breach resulting from the theft of a contractor’s laptop.