Ann Harrison was born in South Wales and was educated there and later at Guildford. She qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and was a commercial litigation lawyer until 1988 when she switched to work in entertainment law, specialising in music.
She worked for a large firm in the West End of London, becoming a partner there in 1991, and head of the music group in 2001, before setting up as a legal consultant when Harrisons opened for business in May 2003. The latest stage in her career sees Ann moving to become a consultant with music and media law firm, Swan Turton based in Covent Garden.
Ann has always preferred working for the creative/entrepreneurial side of the industry and starting Harrisons gave her the opportunity to do this on her own terms. This will not change as a result of the new consultancy.
Over the past 30 years Ann has represented high-profile artists and writers, record labels, managers, independent publishers as well as giving legal advice to executives on their employment contracts and advising clients on joint ventures. The new consultancy role will enable her to continue do to so as well as calling on lawyers who are recognised as leaders in their respective fields such as commercial law, film, theatre and the visual arts as well as litigation and dispute resolution services.
Ann is a regular lecturer on music business and law both in the UK and overseas and appears on panels at music industry events.
Her book 'Music: The Business' now in its sixth edition is the leading textbook on music business courses in the UK. This has led to stints as external examiner at Bucks New University, three years as Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and she is honoured to be a Companion at the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts.
In November 2014 Ann will be recognised for her achievements by receiving a Women In Music Award.