Telecoms & Media

Our Telecoms Group focuses on the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of operating in Ireland. Clients include regulatory bodies and global multinationals as well as Irish entrepreneurial start-ups.

Incumbents and new market entrants are faced with complex legal and regulatory requirements, often stemming from European Union rules, overseen in particular by ComReg (the Commission for Communications Regulation) and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (the ODPC).  Our lawyers advise telecoms clients on:

  • Irish and EU regulatory issues (including licensing and authorisation)
  • Competition law Content sourcing
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Network build and roll-out
  • Outsourcing
  • Procurement
  • Consumer law
  • Terms & conditions for supply of goods/services

Our team has extensive expertise with regard to licensing and authorisation and to the legal issues in network build and roll-out. We advise on communications infra-structure projects, procurement, content supply, and outsourcing arrangements. Broadcasters, cable television operators and value added service providers also call on our telecoms expertise.

Our Sectoral Regulation team has extensive experience on telecoms licensing and notification obligations, including compliance issues, consumer protection, significant market power and dealing with regulatory investigations.  There is a strong cross-over with our Technology Group with regard to data protection and privacy. We also advise domestic and international service providers on regulatory practices, marketing, data retention and related obligations.

On the broader corporate and commercial fronts, we work closely with our colleagues in other practice groups in the Firm in order to provide clients with a full legal service around corporate work such as take-overs, mergers & acquisitions, trade sales, take privates, venture capital investments and IPOs, as well as related areas including agency and reseller agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employment and pensions and tax.

Our experience includes advising/acting for:

ComReg (the Irish Communications Regulator) in relation to a number of regulatory enforcement matters, including the first High Court proceedings before the Commercial Court seeking to enforce compliance by the telecoms incumbent eircom with obligations arising from its position of significant market power in the line rental market, and eircom’s cross-appeal.

Nortel Networks (acting for the joint administrators of its Irish subsidiary). The Nortel Group filed for bankruptcy in January 2009, with debts exceeding US$4bn.

BSkyB on a challenge by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner that raised novel issues with regard to the duration of consents given by data subjects and interpretation of the meaning of “customer”.

Smart Telecom in its high profile dispute with Huawei Technologies over the supply of high-end IT equipment to a major Irish telephone and broadband supplier.

3Mobile/Hutchison 3G on ongoing telecommunications matters.

Kilsaran on its investment in Imagine Broadband, a pan-European communications provider.

Telefonica SA on tax matters.

Tata Communications on tax matters.

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We are consistently ranked as one of the leading Telecoms law firms in Ireland.

Department

William Fry’s media team is led by Ken Casey and includes ‘excellent’ defamation specialist Fiona Barry, who regularly advises Associated Newspapers on defamation and privacy issues. Claire Waterson is recommended for telecoms work.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Media & Telecoms

 

"This firm is very available and responsive, and good at tailoring advice for non-lawyers."
"We have a good degree of trust in this team's advice. The lawyers have a flexible approach, and are clearly high quality."

Chambers Europe, 2015 - TMT

 

"A proactive team that goes beyond expectations. If you give the lawyers an instruction, they will bring their own expertise and a holistic understanding of the technology environment." "The team is very responsive; the lawyers know what they are talking about, if not they will find an expert. They give appropriate advice and answer the questions I ask - I can't rate them highly enough."
Chambers Europe 2014 - TMT

"If you are a start-up company looking for advice, these are the people to speak to. The team's work has brought huge benefit to my business.” “The lawyers are sharp and offer great strategic advice.”
Chambers Europe 2013 - TMT

Sources say: 'The Ferrari of Irish law firms.' 'It combines pragmatism and practicality with a comprehensive approach.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - TMT

 

William Fry’s experienced team is ‘affable and insightful’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - TMT

 

Team

Myra Garrett
Highly skilled practitioner Myra Garrett is well regarded by peers and clients for her expertise in the corporate/M&A field, with particular strengths in the technology sector. 
Chambers Global 2015 - Corporate/M&A

 

Myra Garrett is ‘commercially savvy’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Corporate & Commercial

  

Myra Garrett is known in the market as a "formidable operator" with particular expertise in the technology sector. Clients add that "she is very good at pulling together the broader resources. We are very impressed with her personality, capability and strength of knowledge." 
Chambers Global 2014 - Corporate & Commercial

Managing partner Myra Garrett is commended by clients as an “outstanding commercial adviser. She is excellent at applying the legal side to our business needs and getting us the result we need.”
Chambers Global 2013 - Corporate/M&A  

 

Myra Garrett 'has a commercial acumen and pragmatism that is unusual to find in a lawyer.'
Chambers Global 2012 - Corporate/M&A

 

David Cullen
He is "tenacious, focused and always at the forefront of the issues concerned"
Chambers Europe, 2015 - TMT

 

"An absolute expert and key leader," David Cullen "understands not only where our business is, but what our plans are, how we want to grow and what the consequences are," enthuse clients.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Intellectual Property

David Cullen is a firm favourite with clients and is described as “calm and considered, with a wealth of knowledge about the area.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Intellectual Property

 

David Cullen is ‘one of the best in the business’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013

 

David Cullen is greatly appreciated by clients, who say: 'He is extremely considered and takes the time to understand our needs. He makes us feel at ease and listens to what we are saying.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - TMT

 

David Cullen is ‘one of the best in the business’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - TMT

 

Ken Casey
Ken is viewed by clients as "very articulate and very hands-on." One source added: "I'm impressed by his ability to solve problems."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Corporate & Commercial


Ken Casey is respected in the market thanks to his "experience doing the really complex deals."
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Corporate & Commercial

 
Ken Casey concentrates on corporate finance and has particular experience in TMT transactions. He advised Transics International on its EUR6 million acquisition of CarrierWeb.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Corporate/M&A

 

Leo Moore
Leo Moore as "very flexible in his approach, and clearly eager to understand his client's business model and objectives."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - TMT

 

Leo Moore "is very pragmatic and personable. He comes up with creative solutions and is very good on trade mark and copyrights," according to one source.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Intellectual Property

Leo Moore "has a can-do attitude, is practical and available 24/7, and gets the job done."
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Intellectual Property

 

Leo Moore ‘will always find interesting commercial angles in times of need’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013

 

Leo Moore is a firm favourite with his clients. As one enthuses, 'his strength is his ability to take complex issues and communicate it in a simple and easy to understand manner. He is also incredibly pleasant to work with.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - TMT

 

Leo Moore is ‘a breath of fresh air’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - TMT

 

Key Contacts

Cormac Little Partner

Claire Waterson Partner

Fiona Barry Partner

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