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James Cotter

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Work 020 7825 3194
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Simmons & Simmons

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Information, communications and technology.

Position

James is a partner in the information, communications and technology group. He advises clients in a variety of industries and in the public sector on the full range of technology, outsourcing, communications, e-commerce and information law issues, both on a transactional and a standalone basis. Recent work includes advising Barclays Bank on business process outsourcing transactions, PCCW Global on the regulation of its international carrier and enterprise services business, UK Broadband on a successful bid to provide wireless network services and CCTV systems during the Olympics and as part of the BDUK rural broadband initiative, the Ministry of Defence on its £220m outsourcing of telecoms and broadcast infrastructure and services to run television and radio platforms for the British armed forces globally, and the Ministry of Justice in relation to its shared services ICT outsourcing programme.

Career

Trained Simmons & Simmons 1999; qualified into the information, communications and technology group 2001; secondment to Virgin Media and Yahoo!; partner 2009.


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The information and communications technology team at Simmons & Simmons provides 'speedy, relevant and timely advice that is always succinct and commercially focused' to clients such as Samsung, Telefónica UK, Virgin Media and BT plc. The team is also instructed by OneWeb on complex TMT regulatory issues concerning satellite broadband, in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In another work highlight James Cotter led a team acting for VEON on a project for the transformation of the clients supply chain, including drafting and renegotiating terms of procurement as well as automating certain contract templates. Tom Wheadon attracts praise for 'his tireless and selfless ability to be there whenever needed to provide  measured legal advice'. He heads the practice, which includes head of TMT Alexander Brown, and Hinal Patel, who advises  buyers and suppliers in the technology and telecoms sectors. Changes to the team includes Lawrence Brown's promotion to the partnership and Tony Woodgate's retirement.

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