Telecommunications

Our specialist telecommunications advisory team has a range of experience, providing legal guidance and support on telecommunications related issues to both private and public sector clients.

The team includes specialist solicitors from our Real Estate, Planning and Dispute Resolution departments.

As such we can advise clients across the full spectrum of telecommunications law relating to both commercial and residential land including the Electronic Communications Code and legislation relating to permitted development.

We act solely for public and private sector landowners, which allows us to offer our clients a dedicated and conflict-free service.

The team provide guidance on:

  • Existing agreements with operators and/or apparatus in situ, including advice in connection with redevelopment, termination and renewals.
  • New agreements with operators, including advice in connection with the nature and extent of operators’ rights and telecommunications agreements under the new Code scheme.
  • Challenging operators through the pre-application and planning process, including advice in connection with grounds for refusing operators’ entry onto land and on the procedure and grounds for objecting to applications for permitted development rights.

Our team has established a trusted network of expert advisers including surveyors, valuation experts and barristers who can provide specialist advice if and when required.

Case highlights

Our telecommunications advisory service has recently acted for clients in connection with the following:

  • Advising a property management company on its rights under the new Code to challenge the installation of 5G apparatus on a residential premises. The team provided the client with strategic advice on pursuing a challenge against the operator on both property and planning grounds and supported the client with public and private communications issued to residents.
  • Advising a local authority on telecommunications lease variations, renewals (against the backdrop of the new Code) and the service of notices concerning telecommunications masts and equipment on multiple sites.
  • Advising a central government body on the transitional provisions of the new Code and negotiating a telecommunications agreement in respect of equipment in situ under an expired telecommunications agreement.
  • Acting on behalf of a private company to provide operational advice on new Code provisions owing to site access requests by telecommunications companies.
  • Advising a central government body as to whether a telecommunications operator had the right under a subsisting telecommunications agreement to upgrade and alter telecommunications apparatus on a government building in Central London.
  • Advising a private company on the implications of upgrading its portfolio of digital hoardings with transmitting capabilities and negotiating relevant provisions across the portfolio of lease variations to address potential Code implications.

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