John Deane


I like to encourage creativity, skill and talent where there is potential for wealth and job creation. I have over 30 years’ experience providing commercial legal services to SMEs and their investors. I am a mentor for new creatives and technology start ups in London.

The immense upheaval in the legal services industry in recent years has required a flexible approach when dealing with increasingly digital clients with high expectations who want consistent experiences.

Client care is paramount and means keeping clients happy by finding out what they want and dealing with the matters quickly and cost effectively. Quality advice must be affordable and provide effective outcomes. I am a partner charged with delivery of our objectives.

Professional memberships and affiliations

  • Solicitor
  • Society for Computers and the Law
  • Member of the Civil Mediation Council


Technology and Innovation

We are dedicated to helping our clients in all area of non-contentious and contentious technology, whether they are suppliers or end users.

Lengthy technology disputes can derail projects, postpone go-to-market dates, stunt cash flow, compromise investment and reduce profitability. SMEs developing their own technology or buying technology service can face an uphill battle of unaffordable legal costs which along with a slow court system which can have a catastrophic effect on scaling up.

We promote the use of the Society for Computers and Law ‘s Adjudication Scheme which is a three-month resolution procedure for “technology” disputes – meaning any dispute arising from a contract for the provision of tech-related goods and services including software development contracts, outsourcing arrangements, systems integration contracts, IT consultancy contracts, software licensing agreements, blockchain/smart contracts and cloud computing contracts.

Our technology team focuses on achieving the quick and cost effective resolution of any dispute involving technology and/or technology services
Our clients include software companies, tech start-ups online marketplaces, retailers and service providers.

Intellectual property

To scale and not fail an innovative business needs to protect and make the most of its creative assets.

We assist with:

  • Intellectual property disputes, including passing off, copyright infringement and trade mark infringement
  • Trade mark – registration and oppositions
  • Design rights – registered and unregistered
  • Trade secrets and protecting them though confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Domain Name disputes
  • Software and IT contracts
  • Software Development, Licensing and Distribution

Data Protection and Privacy

Many of our clients’ businesses are data driven.

We provide advice on all aspects of data protection, privacy, and and security.

Our specialist advice ranges from drafting all necessary arrangements in a business to ensure that they are compliant with the latest data protection laws to engaging with the Information Commissioner’s Office to manage and minimise the effect of non-compliance by a business.

We advise on:

All aspects of the Data Protection Act 1998, the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

Client care is paramount and means keeping clients happy by finding out what they want and dealing with the matters quickly and cost effectively. Quality advice must be affordable and provide effective outcomes. I am a partner charged with delivery of our objectives.

  • Transfers of personal data including transfers of to countries within and outside of the EEA.
  • Privacy Notices and Policies.
  • Data processing agreements.
  • Notifications of data breaches to the ICO.
  • Enforcement action.

Hospitality and Leisure

I have for many years assisted clients in the hospitality and leisure industry, including:

  • the sale or purchase of hotels, restaurants and bars
  • acting for restaurant and hotel operators, restaurateurs and celebrity chefs
  • brand protection
  • licencing
  • funding

At Gannons we are able to deliver a full range of legal services required by the sector.

Media and Entertainment

Areas of experience include advertising, brands, digital media, film and theatre, live events, public art and sculpture, publishing, television, visual arts and interactive media.

Partnerships and LLPs

I have experience of all aspects of the relationship between partners and LLP members, including:

  • Partnership and LLP Agreements
  • Forming a Partnership or Joint Venture
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Suspending or expelling a partner

Shareholder and partnership disputes

People in business continue to fall out and resolving disputes between shareholders and partners continues to be busy. I look for the path to resolving disputes rather than litigation but will litigate if necessary. Years of experience helps me understand the relationships and pressure points which are aids to effective and speedy resolution


Clients invariably prefer to resolve disputes without costly and lengthy litigation.

As a qualified mediator I am able to provide businesses with a simple low-cost method of resolving a wide range of disputes out of court.

Why I love my job

I enjoy the dynamism and diversity of entrepreneurship, particularly in the creative industries. It is rewarding to develop relationships with a view to improving my clients’ control over their businesses, improving their knowledge and expertise. There is a buzz to Gannons which rubs off.