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Telecommunications lawyers

The world of Electronic Communications falls into 2 main categories: Mobile phones -with operators such as EE, 3, 02, and Vodafone and Broadband with BT, Virgin Media, Ogi and other numerous local providers. Our Team at Hugh James headed by David King, has a unique breadth of experience having acted for a number of the Mobile Phone operators and also acting for individual site owners and third party investors.

The market has been greatly affected recently with the introduction of the new Electronic Communications Code which has completely disrupted the market. Thankfully since its introduction we have dealt with cases on a daily basis helping clients like you to maximise income and minimise the adverse effects of the code. We also deal with matters which are taken to the Lands Tribunal where the parties have failed to agree terms.

We also have a large practise advising investors in electronic communications infrastructure market having helped establish 2 of the main investors in the UK.

A swiftly developing industry, telecommunications has become a large sector for many commercial law firms on an international level. We advise the telecoms industry in relation to all legal aspects to include corporate M&A, banking, commercial property including investment in and the creation of infrastructure portfolios, regulatory, dispute resolution, IP and employment.

Our growth in this sector ranges from acting on matters such as large network infrastructure projects to communications matters and all the technologies in between.

Why use us?

Our expertise in this sector has largely focused on matters involving cell site acquisition, installation, upgrading, decommissioning and sharing of infrastructure relating to electronic communications, such as telephone networks, mobile operators, wireless broadband and cable operators.


Our experience extends to many different issues faced by the telecoms industry including:

  • smart metering
  • mobile payment technology
  • infrastructure agreements
  • rollout of next generation (FTTC/FTTP) networks
  • spectrum trading
  • network sharing
  • construction issues (contracts/planning)
  • cybersecurity
  • leases of macro/micro cells
  • internet of things
  • big data
  • investment in rental streams derived from macro and micro cells

In addition to mobile phone mast leases we also advise on wayleaves and easements for data cabling and electrical supplies. Inbuilding solutions and the installation of macrocells and small cells on street furniture and in advertising cabinets in towns and cities.

We also advise on other elements of Electronic Communications including applying for Code Powers with Ofcom.

As the largest firm in Wales and working with some of the country’s largest businesses, we work across contentious and non-contentious matters and advise on IT matters across a wide range of sectors including rail, financial services, defence and utilities in the TMT sector.

We have a track record of representing some of the world’s leading businesses in these sectors on complex and high value IT agreements, including FTSE 100 companies on large scale, volume IT work.

How we act for our clients

Having worked and advised in this field for so long we offer a swift and easy to use service. We are happy to provide a free review of heads of terms and a suggested way forward. We work on the shortest of time frames as sometimes matters are time critical, and we take a proactive, pragmatic approach to advice.

Key contact

David King


With vast experience within the sector advising private network owners, investors and landlords, telecoms law is a key area of David’s portfolio.

Nationally recognised as a leading specialist in advising on the new Electronic Communications Code and telecoms leases, David’s niche extends to advising on the acquisition and decommissioning of telecoms sites by investors and operators, and in advising on the decommissioning of telecoms sites.

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