about…Joanne Frears

Name: Joanne Frears

Practice Area: Commercial, IP & Technology Law

Location: London & Oxfordshire

Contact: email j.frears@lionsheadlaw.co.uk  or call 07803 426946

I advise clients on commercial matters with particular focus on businesses operating in the technology and creative sectors.  Working closely with clients as in-house or external legal counsel, I specialise in finding commercial solutions to legal issues that arise from developing and using innovative technology and new ways of doing business.

I am a YouTube and Lexis Nexis professional expert and author of IP and data management precedents for various professional publications. I am lucky enough to be able to use my expertise to contribute frequently to the trade press and I have become a regular speaker on all things IP, AI, AR and Cybersecurity related.

I am a member of the Society for Computers and Law and the International Bar Association and co-author of ‘Domain Names A Practical Guide’.


Business Development for Women Lawyers, Published by ARK Group – Click here to view

Career Development for Women Lawyers, Published 2019 by ARK Group, Edited by Alex Davies – Click here to view

Blockchain For the Legal Profession, Published 2018 by Ark Group, Edited by Alex Davies

Building the Data Driven Law Firm, Published by ARK Group – Click here to view

Domain Names A Practical Guide, Published 2002 by Tolleys


The Accountability of Algorithms Act is under discussion. Read Lionshead Law’s Joanne Frears’ piece about that here, courtesy of Internet Newsletter for Lawyers (infolaw.co.uk)


 “I have worked with Jo for over 5 years in technology related IP matters. She is a subject matter expert who is refreshingly straight forward in her approach. Behind her warm smile is a tenacious, high skilled lawyer who adds considerable value and most importantly, gets things done. I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone seeking high quality, commercially focused advice on IP related matters.”  

Andy Sutton, Founder & CEO, BagThat

“Joanne Frears has worked with our company for over two years. What is striking about her service is that Joanne is able to get to the heart of the issue very quickly and to think of solutions that don’t consume legal hours or fees. She is very personable and also very effective and we continue to rely on her expertise and experience across a range of intellectual property and commercial issues.”

Ardi Kolah, Founder of GO DPO®, Director, GDPR Transition Programme, Henley Business School, Editor in Chief, Journal of Data Protection & Privacy

“Jo is passionate, articulate, imaginative and resourceful and her skill set extends widely. Working with Jo is consistently a delight- her interest and capacity to understand unique requirements of emerging tech organisations is impressive, not only in dealing with current issues, but in pre-empting future needs as business expands. Working with Jo, I feel I have someone working in my business, not for my business. Her approach is friendly, supportive, exacting and is a pleasure to work with.

I have worked with Jo across a number of different organisations including Holition Augmented Retail and most recently as Co-Founder of Make It Mine Online Ltd (MIMO). Jo has assisted with trademarking, company formation, contracts, resourcing, troubleshooting and connecting.”

Lynne Murray, Founder MIMO, Director Holition Limited, Director Digital Anthropologist Lab London College of Fashion

“I’ve known Jo Frears professionally for almost 20 years and I have to say she really is one of the best parts of my career in digital. She’s been on hand to help me with questions and issues, big, small and complex and has saved my bacon more than once – always with a brilliant mind, grace, charm and never ever too ‘lawyery’. I can’t recommend her enough.”

Howard Wilmot, Content & Social Media Strategist (AllLeo), Artistic Director & Writer (Burlexe)

“I wanted some help with a product I had created and a technique I want to protect. I was so blessed to have found Joanne Frears. Joanne is so knowledgeable and talks to me in my terms. Joanne is always was always there for me, nothing seemed too much trouble for her. With Joanne’s help I feel so in control of my method and totally supported. Please rest assured that Joanne knows the skills to look after you, I highly recommend her.”

Vicky Martin, VickyMartinMethod

“In the fast and fickle freelance world, I need to be nimble to respond to client demands at short notice. Joanne was thorough, patient, flexible, quickly zoned in on the key detail I needed and crucially, helped me meet a tight deadline. The virtual experience for me was seamless. I recommend Joanne without hesitation.”

Juliet Mann (Errington), TV and Radio presenter, CNN International, Sky News, Reuters, CNBC