Herbert Smith Freehills

Telecommunications Department

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What the team is known for Enjoys a longstanding reputation among UK telecoms operators as a superb choice for both contentious and non-contentious matters. Widely regarded as a leading litigation firm with experience both in commercial disputes between operators and in CAT or judicial review challenges to Ofcom decisions. Acclaimed for work on major infrastructure sharing agreements and the negotiation of wholesale MVNO agreements.

Strengths Clients say: "They provide good commercial advice and are very knowledgeable."

Work highlights Advised Telefonica on the renegotiation of its strategic network sharing arrangements with Vodafone in the UK, including making arrangements for the rollout of 5G mobile services to UK customers.

Notable practitioners

Aaron White
provides regulatory and commercial advice to a wide client base consisting of service providers, private equity firms and equipment manufacturers. One client remarks: "He is very easy to work with and takes a pragmatic and commercial view."

David Coulling
advises prominent telecoms companies and network providers on various commercial issues. His expertise covers network rollout and upgrade arrangements, as well as M&A transactions. Clients say: "David has an outstanding ability to analyse and make clear judgements on complex situations very quickly. He applies legal considerations to issues in very practical ways that always help to progress commercial negotiations."

Stephen Wisking
frequently handles complex competition mandates in the telecoms sector, ranging from abuse of dominant position proceedings to challenges to Ofcom decisions.