Ntl appoints Fried Frank primary adviser

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has been appointed as the primary legal adviser to telecoms group ntl following a major review of its legal function after its merger with Telewest. The decision is a blow to Travers Smith, which has been ntl’s longstanding UK counsel. However, the company will continue to work with Travers, as well as regular advisers Ashurst, Charles Russell, Simmons & Simmons and Wiggin.