BT has increased its reliance on national firms by adding Pinsent Curtis Biddle to its club of regular legal advisers.
The telecoms giant does not operate a formal panel, but the group of firms it instructs regularly includes Linklaters, Ashurst Morris Crisp and Birmingham-based Wragge & Co. Leeds head of property at Pinsents Adrian Barlow is in charge of the BT relationship. He said BT will use all four offices of the national firm. Pinsents was selected by in-house lawyer Geoffrey Beedham. Both Barlow and Beedham have a previous association through the latter's former position as Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) chief counsel at Concert, AT&T's money-losing joint venture with BT, which is currently being dismantled. BT has recently turned to Pinsents in Leeds for a number of matters concerning BTexact Technologies. A BT legal spokesperson said it had been indicated that the firm should receive more instructions.