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Matthew Buckwell

Senior Associate

About Me

I am an associate in our Commercial Group, and I advise clients on the global challenges facing the digital and communications sector as well as providing counsel on new technologies and their relationships with the use of data.

I advise on all aspects of digital and communications regulation with a focus on the issues arising from the EU's reform of the regulatory framework for the electronic communications sector and the proposed e-privacy regulation. In particular, I counsel on how the updated legislation would apply in practice to both traditional telecommunication services and over-the-top services.

I also provide advice on the use of personal and non-personal data by global companies with a particular focus on compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and data localisation requirements.
  • - Advising on implications of the EECC on various clients, including a social media company, and on the impact on OTT messaging services.
  • - Advising the GSMA on regulatory best practices for the promotion of mobile broadband infrastructure roll-out, in particular in emerging or small markets. This work involved benchmarking comparable regulatory policies affecting mobile broadband infrastructure deployment and advising on best practices that would take account of emerging markets, technology and regulatory trends including on the convergence of telecoms and broadcasting regulatory functions.
  • - Producing an assessment of the current regulatory regime for a telecommunications regulator. Ongoing advice and assistance in relation to the review of the regulatory regime and further integration of a converged regulator with broadcasting related functions.
  • - Preparation of regular reports on legal and regulatory developments in the telecommunications, data protection and competition markets in selected EU countries. Responsible for drafting EU and UK sections.
  • - Advising a major technology company on the contents of, and advocacy process relating to, disabled users' accessibility requirements applying under converging media and telecommunications laws across the EU.
  • - Advising a satellite company on the implications of the regulation of net neutrality in the EU in relation to the provision of in-flight Wi-Fi services.
  • - Advising an 'Internet of Things' provider (hardware and connectivity) on the implications of the roaming regulation and the regulatory implications of moving from MVNO status to MNO.
  • - Advising an OTT messaging service in relation to queries from the Information Commissioner's Office.
  • - Managing GDPR compliance projects and providing ad-hoc advice to various other clients.
  • - Advising a client in relation to an enforcement action by Ofcom.
  • - Advising on data protection issues pertaining to a master services agreement for international telecommunications services.
  • - Preparing matrixes of international telecommunications regulatory requirements for telecommunications services.
  • - Advising on lawful intercept rules.


  • Kings College London, LLB Law


  • Law Society of England & Wales

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