Simmons & Simmons LLP

Telecommunications Department

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What the team is known for Possesses an impressive reputation for advice on the tension between data protection regulations and the monetisation of data by telecoms operators. Offers broader experience in diverse matters ranging from the negotiation of telecoms service contracts and distribution agreements through to global regulatory compliance mandates in the satellites sector. Also advises on contentious commercial matters in the telecoms arena. Well versed in advising service providers on issues related to 5G rollout, including patent applications and equipment procurement. A culture of secondments of junior and senior lawyers helps nurture close relationships with clients.

Strengths Interviewees remark that the lawyers are "always prepared to go the extra mile and very good at providing succinct legal advice."

Clients say: "They are very adaptable and able to source the necessary specialist knowledge through a wide contact pool."

Sources report: "They are a fantastic resource in the telecoms sector and have excellent geographical coverage."

Work highlights Advised Huawei on a number of matters, including issues related to cybersecurity and data protection, as well as assisting with a white paper covering 5G security requirements.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Brown
possesses significant knowledge of data protection and cybersecurity issues in the telecoms sphere, as well as contractual and outsourcing matters. His clients include network providers and telecoms hardware companies. One client remarks: "He's incredibly commercial, knows our business well and doesn’t sit on the fence."

Tom Wheadon
focuses his practice on regulatory matters affecting telecoms companies on a national and international scale. One client says: "His regulatory work is outstanding, he is adaptable and his knowledge of the telecommunications sector is invaluable."