Mobile giant 3 scoops Clydes competition ace

Mobile phone operator 3 has raided Clyde & Co for competition lawyer Mark Warrington, who was the driving force in the UK’s first consumer class action against JJB Sports.

Warrington adds a competition arm to 3’s in-house capabilities, which also includes IP, property, procurement and regulatory. The new appointment brings 3’s in-house resource up to 15 lawyers.

Stephen Lerner, the operator’s general counsel, said Warrington will work alongside the in-house regulatory division.

“We, as newcomers, have entered a very competitive market so it’s crucial to have strong lawyers like Mark on the team to challenge the status quo and ensure regulation is in place for fair competition,” said Lerner.

“This, as a result, means that competition is becoming a growth area for us so we needed a dedicated lawyer.”

Lerner said that, before Warrington’s appointment, 3 relied on secondments, from firms such as Baker & McKenzie, to fill its competition needs.

Warrington will continue to work closely with Bakers. One of his initial tasks will be working on the Ofcom investigation into moving mobile telephone numbers from one network to another.

Phillippe Ruttley, competition partner at Clyde & Co, who worked closely with Warrington, said that Warrington was the driving force in the JJB Sports football shirt class action.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Mark and, of course, there’s a world outside law firms,” said Ruttley. “It’s a plum role for Mark as he’s always been hands-on. He will be sorely missed.”