Amanda Brock

Profession

Associate General Counsel, Mobile Financial Services at VimpelCom

Biography

Amanda advises a diverse group of companies on commercial and technology law issues from her London base. Having been General Counsel, Canonical – lead commercial sponsor of the open source operating system Ubuntu and open stack cloud partner - for 5 years, where she managed the worldwide legal function. Her experience is diverse in the technology sector and her expertise includes open source software, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, privacy and personal data, governance and compliance models for co-opetitions and projects and open development.

With over 15 years experience of commercial and IT law, gained working as an in house lawyer, including roles as European Manager at DSG International where she was the first lawyer at the ISP, Freeserve (UK’s first and biggest .com IPO), UK Legal Director, Aramark and General Counsel Nicole Farhi & French Connection, her experience lends itself to a very commercial approach to legal advice. 

Amanda is as a solicitor, admitted in England and Scotland and has a Masters in IP and IT law from Queen Mary, University of London and a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University.  

Amanda is a member of the Advisory Board of the QM, University of London, Open Source Centre of Excellence.

In 2012 and 2013, Amanda has been part of the EU funded consortium, “Promoting Open Source in Europe”(PROSE) project. 

She has spoken internationally and written extensively on open source, Tech and commercial law. As a Visiting Research Fellow of Queen Mary University she was a founder of the Q Legal advice project and teaches Open Source law there. 

She is a co-author of the Marsh Cloud Risk Framework White Paper and is a founding editor of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSSLR) and contributed a chapter to the Oxford University Press’s “Free and Open Source Software; Policy, Law and Practise”, published in 2014. 

She became a European Representative to the Open Invention Network in 2014.

Publications

  • Amanda C. Brock and Rafi Azim-Khan, E:Business, The Practical Guide to the Laws, 2nd edition (2008)
  • Contributor, Free and Open Source Software, Policy, Law and Practise, Edited by Noam Shemtov and Ian Walden (2013)
  • Article, The Marsh Cloud Risk Framework, https://uk.marsh.com/NewsInsights/Articles/ID/22024/The-Marsh-Cloud-Risk-Framework.aspx

Areas of Practice

IP & IT

Education

1996 - Queen Mary, University of London LLM in IP and IT
1992 - New York University MCJ, Rotary International Scholarship
1991 - Glasgow University LLB (Hons)