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Gordon Moir

Gordon Moir

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
Scotland

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Profile

Gordon Moir heads the Telecommunications, Technology and Media Regulatory team, within the Regulation and Markets division of Shepherd and Wedderburn.

An internationally recognised expert in the telecoms and media sector, Gordon has provided strategic advice on most of the consolidations in the global telecoms sector in the last decade, either as a participant to the consolidation or as a challenger. His team specialises in complex issues in market access, regulation of next generation telecoms services, machine-to-machine communications, and net neutrality. His team also regularly advises on the specific data protection, retention and transfer issues telcos must consider, and have expertise in the legal framework in respect of content and broadcasting.

His clients include FTSE100 telecoms operators and many other internationally recognised names in the telecoms space, as well as niche providers and industry challengers.

Due to his expertise, Gordon is increasingly called on to provide insights into regulation in other sectors, in particular energy, rail and finance, advising clients ranging from one of the 'big six' energy suppliers to a global payments company.

Gordon is also an expert in competition law in the telecoms sector, having advised telcos and industry bodies in respect of a number of significant competition law cases, at both a UK and European level. He is also a pioneer in the increasingly important field of litigation funding, having enabled a significant client to obtain funding for a portfolio of competition law actions across a number of European jurisdictions, in one of the first funding deals of its kind.

Recent accolades include:

  • Gordon was officially recognized as "one of the world's leading practitioners" in the Telecommunications Media and Technology field in the 2016 Who's Who Legal Guide.
  • "With his time in private practice, the regulators and in the industry, Gordon understands the changing needs of this industry and is outstanding in that regard. He also understands that a law firm can help not just in the high value areas such as anti-trust actions or investigation but in other key areas such as compliance and maintenance and lobbying."
    David Eveleigh, General Counsel and Company Secretary Serco.

Gordon was named one of the Hot 100 Lawyers in 2010 by The Lawyer magazine for his ground-breaking work in telecoms regulation.

More recently, Gordon was officially recognised as 'one of the world's leading practitioners' in Telecommunications, Media and Technology in the 2016 "Who's Who Legal Guide".

Gordon is also a Chambers 2016 'recognised practitioner' in the field of Telecoms. He has been noted as a recommended lawyer in IT and Telecoms in the Legal 500 2017 publication and in the 2018 edition is highlighted for "actionable advice balanced with business acumen and industry knowledge".

In Chambers 2018, Gordon is recommended for contentious and non-contentious regulatory and competition matters with a client noting that "the advice he provides is pragmatic and based on real world experience".

Gordon is qualified as a solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales and Ireland.

 

Areas of Practice
Articles

Regulation of Online Falsehoods: ‘Fake News’ – the UK, Singapore and Europe
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, May 2019

‘Fake news’ - information or news that is proven to be either verifiably false or misleading - has become a major, global concern. As news and opinion pieces are increasingly pushed to readers via online and social media channels, the speed of their dissemination has accelerated exponentially, as have the challenges around regulating news and opinion...

Competition, Co-investment and Network Build. Are Regulatory Holidays Back in Fashion?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2017

On 22 September, the Presidency released its amended version of the much debated ECC. The new text revealed once again that regulatory holidays and deregulation in telecoms markets are back in vogue. That text suggested that those who argue for regulatory holidays as the driver of investment in telecoms markets had won the favour of one key branch of Brussel’s policy makers...

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