Kenneth Mullen


Kenneth is a partner in the intellectual property and technology team.

He advises on IP, licensing, commercial technology and data protection. He has extensive experience in these specialised areas advising clients across a range of sectors including luxury brands, fashion, sport and entertainment, digital media, software and technology, art and design, hotels and leisure, music, publishing, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Kenneth also regularly assists charities and not for profit organisations.

Kenneth’s transactional expertise includes advising on licensing and exploitation of IP, as well as commercial agreements in relation to distribution, agency, franchising, sponsorship, celebrity endorsement, publishing, research and development, outsourcing, IT procurement, software development and data hosting/processing agreements as well as website terms/privacy policies.

As well as dealing with soft and hard IP issues, Kenneth’s regulatory expertise includes, data protection, cyber security, UK and EU competition law, freedom of information, e-commerce, consumer law and financial services outsourcing.

His previous experience includes acting as European General Counsel for a global on-line travel company and as UK commercial counsel at a major software corporation.

Kenneth is listed in the ‘Experts Guides’ as one of the world’s leading ‘Technology, Media and Telecommunications’ lawyers.

Kenneth is a regular contributor to specialised publications and international media, including the Financial Times and The Times.

He also frequently speaks on IP exploitation, technology and data protection/security issues at industry events in the UK and abroad.


We have worked hard to create something special and poured a lot of love into the reputation and brand that we have created. We have always appreciated Celia and Withers support in protecting this thing that we hold very emotionally and financially precious and for their advice in challenging times.

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Advising an international consulting firm, which is part of a global HR group, managing advice on data protection issues across EU jurisdictions (including the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands,Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Greece).

Assisting a range of clients in relation to implementing lawful overseas data transfer and data processing mechanisms from the EU/EEA.

Successfully defending a client in relation to data breach incident that led to English High Court proceedings and also helping a client negotiate a high-profile investigation by the UK Information commissioner to a satisfactory conclusion.

Scotland, 1995

England and Wales, 2000

The Art Market and Money Laundering: The UK’s First Year Report,’ Arts & Collections - August 9, 2021, author

‘IP and data protection chapters’ of Tolley’s Charities Manual, contributed

‘Practical Will Precedents’ in relation to IP and digital assets, co-contributed

Society for Computers and the Law

‘Fashion tech law: A global perspective,’ New York Fashion Tech Lab virtual workshop - June 11, 2021, speaker

The Entrepreneurs’, radio show of the business and lifestyle magazine The Monocle


I love to see new ideas or innovation come to fruition

I became an IP and technology lawyer primarily because of my personal interests in the creative industries. Like many IP lawyers, I was an aspiring musician in my early days although soon realised that my strengths were much more suited to business, rather than spending time in a recording studio.

I love to see new ideas or innovation come to fruition and the great thing about working in these specialised areas is that it allows me to meet many talented people who want to turn their ideas or creations into commercial reality.

The law is constantly under challenge to keep pace with new technologies and one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is applying existing law or regulation to new or novel situations which have never been tested before.

Ultimately, my aim is always to provide a practical solution to a client’s legal problem in a cost-effective way.



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