Granada-Carlton shun panel firms as KLegal wins BT deal

KLegal has won the first joint instruction from Granada-Carlton to advise on a multimillion pound technology deal with BT.

Technology partner Chris Hoyle won the instruction ahead of the panel firms of the two companies, which include DLA, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Olswang and Slaughter and May.

The deal is a coup for KLegal, which has never worked with the companies before. The Lawyer understands that the firm has already received more instructions.

KLegal won the work after a recommendation from Atos KPMG Consulting (AKC), the consultancy advising ITV on the deal. Hoyle made a presentation to representatives from Granada and Carlton’s separate legal and IT teams.

The deal is of crucial strategic importance to BT, which needed a presence in the broadcasting industry after losing a similar contract with the BBC. BT will provide a national telecommunications network for IT. As part of the deal, BT has also been awarded the valuable status of preferred IT provider to ITV. BT was advised by its in-house team.