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Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

From the cables in the ground to the code in the machine, and from data and content to social interactions and entertainment, the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector is vibrant and exciting.

Charles Russell Speechlys lawyers have enjoyed being a part of it for over 30 years and will do so as it continues to grow.

We are recognised as one of the leading firms helping clients deliver in the TMT sector. We have a large multi-disciplinary team of lawyers specifically formed to cater for TMT clients’ needs worldwide. Many of our team have experience working within TMT organisations; that insider view provides us with excellent industry knowledge and enables us to think ahead to how TMT will shape, and be shaped by, the law.  

Our clients range from multinational providers and customers to start-ups in niche sectors. We represent governments and regulators as well as advise financiers and other intermediaries. We are involved in industry associations, contributing to private and public-facing TMT interests.

At any given time we are advising clients on a range of issues including:

  • licensing telecommunications spectrum
  • building and operating data centres
  • outsourcing IT infrastructure
  • running businesses and services from the cloud
  • buying and selling hardware
  • protecting game show format rights
  • licensing and exploiting content, data and code
  • collecting, processing and transmitting personal data
  • sponsorship
  • defence from hackers and cybercrime
  • staying in or out of the papers
  • commercialising software and apps
  • starting a digital media business
  • harnessing the power of digital for advertising, and
  • online sales and distribution.

All the while, we help clients keep a legal eye on start-up investment, restructuring and IPO/exit. We protect and defend businesses - not just intellectual property, but revenue streams and reputations.

Our team has specialist expertise where TMT is being used as an enabler and disrupter in other business sectors, including sports, retail and financial services (Including FinTech and RegTech), and we help clients navigate the related regulatory issues.

We are also closely involved in the sector’s environmental concerns, including cleantech and energy issues for data centres, as well developments related to the way we live (smart cities and smart meters).