Communications lawyers

The communications sector is undergoing a fundamental and rapid evolution, with new digital companies accompanied by challenging long-standing business models, runaway technological development, convergence, disruption and significant change to the regulatory landscape. Deregulation in certain areas is going arm in arm with greater regulatory control in others, such as data breach,consumer privacy and merger.

In face of these challenges, communications businesses need to adapt, diversify into new business lines, and often to grow, whether organically or through acquisition. Additionally they need to understand and comply with the new regulatory requirements.

You need lawyers who understand your sector to tackle these challenges head-on, often on an international basis in this most international of businesses. This is where our international team of sector specialists come into play. We have over 200 experts, many with in-depth experience in the industry, across our 65 offices.

We support communications companies within all aspects of their operations, including acquisitions, data protection network sharing, pricing sales, operations, product development, regulatory compliance, licensing and distribution arrangements, and issues relating to cyber breaches and intellectual property protection.

Their geographic spread globally and in the UK is really useful and makes them quite unique.
Chambers UK, 2015

Our team frequently advises on complex or ground-breaking transactions or issues. In the past year alone, CMS has advised on M&A transactions in the sector with an aggregate value of over EUR 10bn.

Additionally, we advise mobile and fixed line operators on the complex issues around network sharing agreements, helping our clients to realise huge cost saving potential, as well as preparing their business and infrastructure for future technologies and investments.

We have advised on network sharing deals for clients in the UK, Belgium, Germany and several CEE countries, and have also advised on their feasibility in other European countries. This makes us one of the market leaders in that field.

Our dedication to achieving a commercial solution coupled with our understanding of your industry sector, means you can remain focused on your business.

Our Global Head of TMC, Chris Watson, is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK 2015 for Telecommunications.

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Helen Wallis
Helen Wallis
Part­ner
Patent Attorney
United Kingdom, London
Helen is a UK and European Patent Attorney specialising in Computer-related inventions (both software and hardware) and Telecommunications. She has extensive experience of patent drafting and prosecution...
Rachel Free
Dr. Rachel Free
Part­ner
Patent Attorney
United Kingdom, London
Rachel is a UK and European patent attorney with an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a DPhil in vision science. She helps clients protect their technology through patents in a wide variety of fields,...
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Emma Burnett
Part­ner
Head of Data Protection
United Kingdom, London
Emma Burnett is a partner in the Commercial Team and her practice focuses on data protection, technology and outsourcing. She regularly advises high profile international clients on her core specialism...
Duncan Turner
Duncan Turner
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Duncan is a partner in the Technology Media and Telecommunications Team at CMS Edinburgh.  Duncan specialises in information technology, intellectual property, data protection and commercial contracts....
Sam De Silva
Dr Sam De Silva
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dr Sam De Silva is a Partner in the IT and Outsourcing team. Sam specialises in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing...
Lee Gluyas
Lee Gluyas
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Lee is a commercial lawyer who specialises in the resolution of disputes, particularly those arising out of technology, outsourcing and telecommunications contracts.  He also acts for clients in other...
Paul Guite
Paul Guite
Part­ner
Co-Head of Media
United Kingdom, London
Paul is a partner in the corporate team and co-head of the media practice. Paul advises on all aspects of corporate work with particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures,...
Louis Glass
Louis Glass
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Louis is co-head of technology for our Corporate Group.  He's a generalist corporate lawyer with specialist expertise in technology, internet and e-commerce transactions.Louis advises on a range of transaction...
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Chris Watson
Part­ner
Head of the CMS TMC Group
United Kingdom, London
Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading communications law experts. He is Head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications group and leads an international team of over 300 lawyers.   He focuses...
Caitlin Heard
Caitlin Heard
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Poland, Warsaw
Caitlin is a highly experienced intellectual property litigator and solicitor advocate specialising in technology related disputes. She has acted on a number of ground-breaking cases across the full spectrum...