Wheadon to run telecoms at Simmons

SIMMONS & Simmons has recruited a senior in-house communications lawyer to head its UK telecommunications group.

Tom Wheadon joins the firm after spending a year working for the in-house legal team at cable company Videotron.

Wheadon joins a London-based team of 16 lawyers, including six partners.

The firm's recent transactions include the flotations in London and New York of Nynex CabelComms and General Cable.

Wheadon said his new firm had established a sound UK telecommunications practice in “a short space of time” and was well-placed to exploit the liberalisation of telecommunications within the UK.