Telecoms regulation is constantly evolving, both nationally and internationally. Working hand-in-hand with our trusted international networks and based out of the United Kingdom and Singapore, our expert team is ideally placed to help you navigate the legal challenges that arise across a wide range of jurisdictions. 

We work on telecoms regulatory issues in relation to market entry and product launch assessments. We are also involved in complex issues raised by broadband deployment, fibre roll-out models, cloud computing, data protection, data retention, lawful interception, and the impacts of technological change on regulatory models. We also advise on compliance with customer-facing regulation, such as contractual transparency issues, emergency calling obligations and the rules around net neutrality and roaming amongst other issues. We also regularly advise on competition law issues within the telecoms sphere.

We are adept at dealing with new and emerging technologies such as encryption, software-defined wide-area network (SDWAN), and unified communication, and understand the growing convergence in areas such as telecoms and finance and telecoms and media.

We also have particular experience in dealing with separation models including functional, legal and structural separation. 

  • Shepherd and Wedderburn attracts praise for its "solid telecoms know-how".

  • compares favourably with City firms and is noted for its ‘strong commercial acumen’ in relation to IT and outsourcing mandates.

  • The team understands the commercial practicalities of its advice, as well as the real world situation telecoms companies face.


Regularly advising on a wide variety of licencing issues globally including issues around voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Shepherd and Wedderburn was engaged by a global carrier to advise on the provision of ‘Skype for Business’ in a number of jurisdictions across the Middle East and North Africa. This included advising on licencing requirements, as well as other regulatory issues.
Advising a Middle Eastern carrier on issues relating to structural separation including issues around licencing, advising on the terms of new reference offers to be offered by the separated entity, governance protocols to be entered into between the new entity and the existing entity and other issues arising from the proposed separation.
Advised a Middle Eastern incumbent client on its strategic, technical, financial and legal response to the regulator’s request that it make available certain products to their competitors including drafting reference offers for them. The prospective regulatory requirements included ensuring non-discrimination obligations.
Advised on a project for a global carrier to provide detailed regulatory advice on the licencing and regulatory regimes applying to operation and remote management of Multi-Service Platform Points of Presence in some 10 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
Advising on the regulatory rules regarding the provision of machine to machine (M2M) solutions, and the use of foreign international mobile subscriber identities (IMSIs) and the subsequent roaming implications in a Middle East jurisdiction.
Advised on lawful data interception and retention requirements for a client’s use of managed services across six countries, including in the Middle East.
Providing extensive regulatory advice to a major telecommunications client on the regulatory issues of rolling out connected cars in the Middle East. The advice focused on both the regulatory issues for our client as the provider of the permanent roaming functionality, and the potential legal risks consumers might face in the different regulatory regimes in respect of the use of such cars and the associated internet connectivity they offer.
We were engaged by a global carrier to perform research into, and provide detailed advice on, the licensing requirements for the provision of encrypted virtual private network (VPN) services over the internet in 10 countries across Europe, Asia (including the Middle East), Africa and South America. For each jurisdiction, we set out whether a licence was required for the provision of such services, and the requirements, where applicable, for becoming licenced. We also advised on how the licensing regime applied to the carrier’s current operating model in each country.