Vanessa specialises in corporate law and corporate governance. She is the chair of the company law committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) and is a member of the informal expert group on company law set up by the European Commission. Vanessa was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for many years and has advised listed and private companies and charities on company law and corporate governance matters. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to corporate law in 2007.
Vanessa is a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. She lectures in company law and corporate governance at University College London and is a visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London. She was a member of the reflection group set up by the European Commission on the future of company law. She is a member and former chairman of the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee and is a member of the board of trustees of the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany.