Wanadoo recruits Freeserve’s Melville

Freeserve’s high-profile general counsel David Melville has moved to a regulatory role at parent company Wanadoo International, the French service provider being bought by France Telecom.

Melville has been appointed head of legal and regulatory policy at Wanadoo. He remains a director of Freeserve and will watch over Freeserve’s legal affairs, in particular the litigation he launched against British Telecom.

Melville’s deputies at Freeserve will share his other responsibilities and report directly to the legal director Olivier Fauqueux. Stephen Allen deals with corporate issues, Colin Caldwell advises on commercial deals and Simon Persoff is head of regulatory affairs.

Melville’s job will be to co-ordinate the company’s regulatory teams. He will be based in Brussels and provide an interface with the European Commission.

At the same time, Freeserve has strengthened its commercial team with the hire of Ince & Co assistant Netta Berg. Berg, a dual-qualified lawyer who trained at niche Israeli intellectual property firm Sanford T Colb & Co, joins as commercial legal counsel in April.