Expertise

Media & Telecoms

We understand that media cannot be viewed in isolation from telecoms. Indeed, the revised AVMS Directive and the new European Electronic Communications Code have only served to further blur the lines for some clients. 

We have one of the largest and foremost Media and Telecoms practices in Ireland, acting for a wide range of public and private entities, including some of the world's largest technology companies.

Our lawyers advise media and telecoms clients, both ‘traditional’ and ‘new’, on all aspects of commercial and regulatory law, including relations between private operators and engagement with public bodies.

We advise media clients on domestic and EU legislation, including broadcasting rights and advertising rules, and have been centrally involved in the most high profile telecoms projects in recent years, including ComReg’s 5G spectrum auction and the National Broadband Plan. 

We advise clients on the revised AVMS Directive, the Code and the proposed ePrivacy regulation.

Our Services

Some of the issues we advise on include:

Media (incl. social media)

  • Irish and EU media law
  • National and cross-border broadcasting rights
  • Defamation
  • Production agreements
  • Contract negotiations
  • Engagement with the broadcasting regulator (BAI) and DCCAE
  • Compliance with codes of conduct
  • Irish and EU competition law
  • Media mergers
  • Change of control and media plurality issues
  • Data privacy
  • Internet applications

Telecoms

Recommendations

Legal 500, 2018

This tier one ranked team is “one of the pre-eminent firms in telecoms regulation”.

Chambers Europe, 2017

"Partners are accessible, have a commercial approach and understand business."

Recent Work

Media

  • Advising UK based broadcasters seeking to relocate to Ireland in light of Brexit and directly advising on the first licence application to be made to Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).  
  • 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 a range of clients on the media merger regime in Ireland, including on engagement with the CCPC, BAI and Department of Communications.
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  • LinkedIn

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Michael Madden

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