Media specialists join Freshfields and CMS on global BT panel

BT has finalised a new ‘network’ of law firms to advise it around the world, with Carter-Ruck, Olswang, Sheridans and Wiggin among the successful firms on a roster of over 140.

The telecoms giant has appointed 19 firms to advise it on matters in the UK and Republic of Ireland, with another 120 or so winning spots on its revised list of advisers worldwide.

As first reported in January (31 January 2013) HBJ Gateley, Sheridans and Wiggin have won first-time places on the panel alongside BT’s existing advisers, which include Bird & Bird, CMS and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (10 February 2012).

The media specialists have been appointed ahead of BT’s launch of a dedicated sports channel, which will carry Premier League football matches after the company won certain broadcast rights over the coverage.

Global advisers are split into three main regions – Asia Pacific, north and Latin America, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Americas advisers include Covington & Burling, Proskauer Rose and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Baker & McKenzie will advise BT in Australia and China, with Freshfields also providing Asia Pacific advice. Singapore firm Allen & Gledhill and India’s Trilegal have also won spots.

In Europe, BT will turn to Bird & Bird and CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre in France, and Beiten Burkhardt in Germany, among others.

The global advice is needed for BT’s IT and telephony services and corporate customers worldwide.

The panel review was carried out by group general counsel Dan Fitz and Miles Jobling, who is director of the company’s ABS BT Law (4 March 2013). The company will also continue to obtain legal advice from its in-house team, BT Legal.

The full list of UK and Ireland advisers:

Bird & Bird
Cleaver Fulton
Crosse & Crosse
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
HBJ Gateley
Proskauer Rose
Reed Smith
Trowers & Hamlins
Wright Hassall