T-Mobile kicks off in-house shake-up

T-Mobile has reshuffled its in-house legal team, merging the legal and regulatory departments into a single group as the company’s new managing director shakes up the senior management team.

The new legal directorate will be headed by general counsel James Blendis and will report directly to managing director Jim Hyde who started in the role in January 2006. Blendis will join T-Mobile’s UK management committee as part of the internal restructuring.

Blendis told The Lawyer: “Jim Hyde wanted more personal involvement in the legal and regulatory issues, so it made sense for him to bring the teams together reporting to him.”

Blendis added: “Jim is used to having his lawyers close at hand, so that’s great for us as a department. I’m looking forward to sitting on the management committee and ensuring that the lawyers here are even more closely aligned to the commercial objectives of the business.”

Blendis’s legal department previously reported to finance director Johannes Schmidt-Shultes.

Frans Lijnkamp, director of public policy and regulatory affairs, decided to leave T-Mobile after six years with the company. He was not available for comment and has not told the company what his plans are.

Regulation specialist Robyn Durie will take over his role.