Bird & Bird appoints Thomas Jones as partner in Sydney, expanding its Tech & Comms team

08 June 2017

International law firm Bird & Bird welcomes one of Australia's leading regulatory lawyers, Thomas Jones, as a new Technology & Communications partner in the Sydney office. This appointment continues Bird & Bird's rapid growth in the Asia Pacific region, and further strengthens the Australian Tech & Comms offering. 

Thomas joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney where he was a telecommunications, regulatory and competition partner with a particular focus on access to regulated infrastructure. His comprehensive understanding of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's approach to telecommunications and access regulation is widely recognised in the sector.

Thomas' practice dovetails neatly with the services currently offered by the firm in both the Australian and Asia Pacific markets. His focus on access issues, with a particular focus on the Tech & Comms and Energy sectors, complements the existing telecommunications regulatory expertise of partners Shane Barber and Hamish Fraser, and the competition expertise of partner Kathryn Edghill, who are all based in the Sydney office.

Shane Barber, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Australia, says: "We are excited to welcome Thomas as a member of our Tech & Comms team at Bird & Bird. Having a partner with such extensive Tech & Comms sector expertise will complement both our international and Asia Pacific offering. Thomas is the third partner appointed to the Sydney office this year and is part of our strategy to be the number one law firm globally for organisations being changed by technology and the digital world".

Graeme Maguire, Global Head of Tech & Comms says: "Thomas' technical expertise in the Australian commercial market is well recognised and a valuable asset for Bird & Bird. His appointment is part of our continuing strategy to strengthen our capabilities and the development of our market leading Tech & Comms team internationally."

Thomas Jones adds: "I am delighted to join such a well-regarded firm as Bird & Bird where I will have the opportunity to assist clients alongside some of the world's leading regulatory experts. I am looking forward to using my expertise to further develop the firm's Tech & Comms and Energy & Utilities groups not only in Australia but in Europe and Asia as well."