Sector Focus

With many of our lawyers having worked inside Technology, Media & Telecommunications companies and a fluency in the technologies that drive our clients businesses, we are able to offer a level of TMT understanding that is hard to match.

Our internationally recognised Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers with specialist skills covering all aspects of the TMT sector including commercial/transactional, regulatory, corporate/M&A, finance, competition, outsourcing, employment and pensions, intellectual property, dispute resolution, real estate and tax advice. This broad coverage of the sector means we are perfectly positioned to advise TMT suppliers and their customers on any legal or commercial issues they may be facing.

With a proven track record in advising clients across all three sub-sectors of TMT - from start up companies to some of the sectors largest players - our lawyers have been involved in some of the industry's landmark cases and deals and advise regularly on sector defining projects.

This level of industry focus, when coupled with our corporate credibility and international reach is of clear benefit to our clients. By being fully immersed in our clients commercial landscape, we are able to reflect their business drivers in the solutions and advice we provide, positioning us as trusted business advisors. 


Anite plc

  • on a £388m recommended takeover bid by Keysight Technologies.

Comcast and NBCUniversal

  • on the acquisition of Teeofftimes and a majority stake in international children’s channel, Kidsco.

a FinTech start-up

  • on its application to the FCA’s Innovation Hub.

GiffGaff (the Telefónica backed Mobile Virtual Network Operator)

  • on its joint venture with peer-to-peer lending platform RateSetter to establish a bespoke credit process for purchasing mobile phones.

a high profile individual

  • involved in the investigation into telephone hacking by the press on issues of criminal law and in relation to the ensuing Leveson Inquiry.

a major mobile network operator

  • on the use of mobile handset data to provide location – based services in the UK.

Major telecoms manufacturers

  • on patent infringement and essentially issues relating to 2G/3G mobile phone. technology including in UK court proceedings, licensing of essential IPR on FRAND terms and joint ownership of IPR.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc

  • advising in connection with Company Names Adjudication actions and in relation to IP rights generally and in particular in connection with the JAMES BOND suite of marks.

MTN Group

  • on M&A transactions in Rwanda and Zambia for which Simmons & Simmons was awarded ‘TMT Team of the Year’ at the 2015 Legal Business Awards and 2014 Legal Week British Legal Awards.

MTV Networks

  • advising in relation to trade mark matters including in relation to the recovery of domain name for Comedy Central.


  • on its long-term strategic partnership with Getronics (owned by Aurelius AG) and the disposal of NEC’s Enterprise Solutions business in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland to various members of the Getronics group

NTT DoCoMo Inc

  • in relation to a range of trade mark issues on an international basis.

an online market research company

  • for the music and entertainment industry on various intellectual property and data protection issues relating to its activities.


  • in a lead and coordinating role in respect of the EU design right and patent issues in their dispute against Apple - in one of the most high profile IP disputes that has taken place anywhere in the world between two of the world’s largest sellers of consumer electronics.


  • on a variety of issues, including copyright levies, patent litigation and trade mark issues relating to Flash memory data storage products.


  • in its defence against two claims brought by Nokia in the High Court of England and Wales for antitrust damages.


  • on its £2bn sale of Airwave, and its £17.8bn bid for O2.

Virgin Media

  • in its high profile victory in the English High Court against Gemstar TV-Guide International, the patent licensing/assertion company in the field of Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs).

a web analytics company

  • on the laws relating to interception of communications in connection with the proposed analysis of ISP traffic.

Specialist expertise


  • we act for a full range of companies including cable, mobile and satellite companies, domestic and international operators, industry associations and service providers
  • we advise on every aspect of specialist communications and regulatory work, including significant wet and dry infrastructure projects, interconnection issues, establishment issues for new market entrants, access issues such as local loop unbundling and the impact of EU legislation.

Internet / ecommerce

  • we advise internet service providers, start-up and established businesses on issues such as online contracts, branding, linking and framing, data protection, copyright and consumer protection as well as acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • we represent clients across the B2B and B2C sectors including banks, shopping portals and gaming sites.

IT / ebusiness

  • we advise on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious technology issues
  • we have significant experience in public procurement for large scale IT projects along with the more traditional outsourcing, software license and maintenance agreements
  • clients range from government departments through to software providers and internet start ups.

Broadcasting & New Media

  • we advise on content and transmission for government and industry. In particular we have provided advice on issues ranging from broadcasting law, regulation and policy to interactive television and WAP content deals.