Open Plan Law is a legal practice specialising in IP, media and commercial law. Through its founder and principal, Anna Skurczynska, and a network of lawyers working with her, the practice combines the focused expertise of a law firm with a strategic and commercial insight of an in-house counsel. We invest time and resources in developing a deep understanding of our clients commercial priorities, and in ensuring that legal advice is tailored and relevant to our clients’ internal processes. We are not afraid to take on complex cases and have a track record in interpretation of new legislation. In all matters on which we work, we will translate the legal nuance into clear and concise advice, with practical suggestions on how to proceed.
Anna is a solicitor advocate, and the founder and principal of Open Plan Law. Her practice focuses on commercial, IP and media law. She is particularly interested in the protection and exploitation of copyright works and databases online, and privacy.
In the course of her practice, Anna has advised a wide range of clients including local government, multi-national corporations and start-ups. She trained as a solicitor at White & Case in London between the years of 2002 and 2004. Upon qualification she was retained at the firm in the mergers & acquisitions team where she developed a keen interest in transactions involving IP assets. She continued to build and broaden her IP law practice at White & Case, and subsequently at Berwin Leighton Paisner.
Anna's legal experience was greatly developed by her in-house role as the EMEA Corporate Counsel for Branded Entertainment Network (previously Corbis Images) in the years 2011 to 2016. She provided legal advice and managed litigation on issues relating to image licensing, photo journalism, commercial rights clearances, product placement and social media influencer campaigns. She also shared Board-level management and financial oversight of the Branded Entertainment Network companies in the region.
Anna is an active public speaker on matters relating to copyright, in particular copyright reform in the UK and EU. In that connection she drafted submissions and legislative proposals on behalf of the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA).
She is a member of the British Copyright Council (Copyright and Technology Working Group), and the Law Society's Advocacy group.
Anna’s education encompasses both common law and civil legal systems. She holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Gdansk (Poland), a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from BBP Law School in London, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property from the University of Nottingham.