We have one of the foremost Media and Telecoms practices in Ireland, acting for some of the world's largest technology companies.
In terms of our media practice we advise both traditional media and new social media companies on a wide range of commercial and regulatory issues.
We understand that traditional and social media cannot be viewed in isolation from telecoms and this is reflected by our range of legal expertise in the industry. Our lawyers act for both private and public sector clients including the national regulator, ComReg, and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), and leading telecoms providers such as Virgin Media, BT, BSyB and Three Mobile.
We advise on all aspects of commercial and regulatory law in the telecoms sector, including relations between private operators and engagement with public bodies.
With recent convergence of the media and telecoms sectors, our expertise in these areas ensures our ability to provide the full range of legal requirements sought by both national and international clients.
Some of the issues we advise on include:
Media (incl. social media)
- Irish and EU media law
- Broadcasting rights
- Production agreements
- Contract negotiations
- Engagement with the broadcasting regulator (BAI) and DCENR
- Irish and EU competition law
- Cross border regulation
- Compliance with codes of conduct
- Change of control and media plurality issues
- Data privacy
- Internet applications
- Authorisation and licensing
- Engagement with ComReg and DCENR
- Market power and remedies
- Spectrum compliance
- Lawful interception monitoring
- Commercial contracts
- Interconnection agreements
- Infrastructure access and shared infrastructure
- VoIP services
- Mobile satellite services
Chambers Europe, 2016
"has all the resources you need."
Legal 500, 2016
at ‘the top of the game’
Chambers Europe, 2015
"The team is phenomenal - super efficient, productive and business oriented."
Chambers & Partners Europe, Europe's Leading Lawyers, 2014
‘The firm…has great technology experience and knowledge…It gives practical advice, has strong business acumen and keeps us regularly updated with what is going on.’
Legal 500, 2014
‘an excellent firm with significant depth of commercial knowledge.’
Legal 500, 2013
Mason Hayes & Curran is the firm of choice for Facebook, LinkedIn and Xilinx, and is acting for the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the roll-out of Ireland’s first national postcode system. Practice head Philip Nolan is widely respected and is supported by Jeanne Kelly and Peter Bolger
Chambers & Partners Europe, Europe's Leading Lawyers, 2013
"The team is great for big, complex transactions. The lawyers think strategically and build long-term partnerships. They understand us and maintain the 'DNA' of our business.”
- Advising Liberty Global (owner of Virgin Media) on all aspects of its 2015 acquisition of Ireland’s only independent national TV channel, TV3. Advising a range of clients on the new media merger regime in Ireland, including on engagement with the BAI and DCENR.
- Advising Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ and the largest cable-TV network in the country (Virgin Media) on a wide range of commercial and regulatory issues.
- Advising Facebook and other social media platforms on media and telecoms matters.
- Appointed as sole legal advisors to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) on its next generation National Broadband Plan, the most comprehensive and ambitious plan of its kind to date. Currently advising DCENR on broadband strategy, telecoms regulation, State aid application and ultimately the procurement of the next generation network.
- Advising ComReg on a wide range of issues including its 3.6 GHz spectrum auction, compliance and enforcement matters and other day to day projects.
- Advising DCENR on the appointment of the Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) provider.
- Advising a wide range of traditional and OTT telecoms operators on commercial matters, as well as registration with ComReg and compliance with regulatory obligations.