Osborne Clarke has been named TMT (Technology Media and Telecoms) Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious The Lawyer Awards.
The award, which is the legal industry’s most coveted prize for TMT, was awarded to OC for the firm’s work advising mobile operator Everything Everywhere on the development and launch of the UK’s first commercial mobile contactless payment product. The award also recognised the volume and quality of OC’s TMT work during 2011/12, which made it one of the most active legal advisers to the sector.
The Lawyer Awards recognise ‘innovation, execution and sheer intellectual firepower’ in the profession and are judged by a panel of legal professionals from the corporate sector and the Bar.
Paul Anning, head of Osborne Clarke’s Payments team, led the team advising Everything Everywhere. He said:
“Winning this award is fantastic recognition for our market-leading Payments team. Everything Everywhere’s innovation is a real market first that allows customers to purchase goods with a swipe of their mobile. However, the simplicity of the product belies the complex legal and commercial issues that sit behind it. Our experience and sector knowledge meant that we were able to give Everything Everywhere the very best support in delivering this project.
“Payments is undergoing a transformation, with mobile and digital technology playing an increasingly key role. OC is uniquely positioned to provide the specialist skills needed to successfully bring this new generation of products to market.”
Mike Turner, head of Osborne Clarke’s Digital Business sector team, added:
“Our growing Digital Business team has been incredibly busy over the past year and this award serves as a timely recognition of our expertise in advising clients in the technology, media, telecoms and advertising sectors.”