Denton Hall scoops satellite contract

LAWYERS at Denton Hall are celebrating winning two high-tech contracts concerning satellites and pornography on the Internet.

The firm advised the US satellite company Intelsat on setting up regional support centres in London, Singapore and Bombay, and the practice hopes to win more work from it.

Meanwhile, two of Denton Hall's Internet lawyers have been called in by the European Commission to assess what legal measures can be employed to stamp out racism and pornography on the Internet.

The study is due to end in March 1997, a year the European Commission has designated as the “Year Against Racism”.

The lawyers, partner Nick Higham and Duncan Calow, will look at the possibility of establishing a multilateral code of conduct as well as the need for international conventions.

Denton Hall has previously advised the UK Government on ways of controlling offensive material on the Internet.

Higham said: “The Internet represents a change in communications and a great force for the public good, but at its edges it can be misused.

“It will probably take a partnership between law and technology to protect the interests of the most vulnerable groups.”