Ellen Keenan-O'Malley

Senior Associate, Solicitor

Ellen Keenan-O'Malley

Ellen is a commercial IP solicitor and a certified European data protection practitioner. Ellen has advised on a wide variety of commercial arrangements including IP licences, trademark and copyright licensing, proof of concept agreements, electronic trading, AI and software agreements. She has also advised on various cross-border and UK specific data protection matters and regulatory requests.

Prior to joining EIP, Ellen spent eight years acting as in-house counsel at a leading global bank. She provided counsel on the protection of their IP and the digitalisation of the bank globally. Ellen played a large role also working in areas of non-contentious and pre-action IP litigation, data protection and cyber security. Also, Ellen has global experience from leading on multi-jurisdictional projects and working in private practice in a film and media practice in New York for three years as a Foreign Law Clerk.

Ellen has a Law degree with Honours from the University of Aberdeen which she then converted into an English law degree and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E), a qualification granted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Most recently, Ellen completed the Oxford University Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.

Published articles

  • November 2023
    EIP Updates, Clearview AI victorious on a fact specific exemption but what does this judgment mean for the extra territorial effect of the UK GDPR (link)
  • June 2023
    EIP Updates, Mobility-as-a-Service – have you protected your assets from the competition? (link)
  • June 2023
    The Patent Lawyer, Is the European Artificial Intelligence Act going to become the de-facto global regime for artificial intelligence? (link)
  • June 2023
    The Law Society Gazette, News focus: How not to regulate artificial intelligence (link)
  • March 2023
    Law360, Why UK Bitcoin Ruling Is Important To The Digital Asset World (link)
  • March 2023
    WTR, Brands are an asset: should the overseas 'patents' be penalised by the UK tax authority for legitimate cross-border intra-group transfers? The CJEU rules 'yes' (link)
  • January 2023
    EIP Updates, The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) publishes its decision on Meta’s legal basis for its use of personalised adverts (link)
  • February 2023
    EIP Updates, Tulip - a cautionary tale. Do software developers owe a fiduciary duty to users of the code they write? (Tulip Trading v Van Der Laan and Others) (link)
  • May 2023
    EIP Updates, Reining IT in – Differing Approaches to AI Regulation in the UK and the EU? (link)

Education and qualifications

  • 2020 — 2021
    Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • 2019
    IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe Certification
  • 2018
    IT Summer School, University of Cambridge
  • 2016 — 2018
    Legal Practice Course, BPP University
  • 2015 — 2016
    Graduate Diploma in Law (Converting the Scottish Law degree into English), BPP University
  • 2007 — 2011
    LLB Law Degree (with Honours), University of Aberdeen

Career history

  • 2023 — Present
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2018 — 2022
    Solicitor, Digital and IP UK Legal, BNP Paribas
  • 2016 — 2018
    Trainee Solicitor, BNP Paribas
  • 2014 — 2016
    Legal Counsel, Digital and IP UK Legal, BNP Paribas
  • 2011 — 2014
    Foreign Law Clerk, Reavis Page Jump LLP, New York (née Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP)

Additional information

Member of SCL Junior Lawyers Committee.