Graeme studied law after graduating in History from Keble College, Oxford in 1981 and then qualified as a barrister.

After post qualification experience, Graeme joined the then UK regulator Oftel in London as a senior civil servant in charge of competition and fair trading policy.

Having got to know Neil Brown, he joined him as a partner in the Eversheds telecoms team where he remained for 10 years. He left in 2007 to take up a position as Director of Legal Affairs with the telecoms regulator in the UAE. He has subsequently held Regulatory and Legal Director positions in telecos in Singapore and in Saudi Arabia before forming Brown-Gordon Consulting with Neil in 2012.

Graeme’s reputation as specialist in regulatory affairs helped to build the Eversheds telecoms practice into a market leader in the UK and internationally. His subsequent in-house senior level experience in telcos and as a regulator has added to his understanding of the needs of clients in the sector, both in mature markets as well as in newly liberalized ones.

Highlights of Graeme’s domestic UK experience include:

  • 1995-1996 – while at Oftel: implementing the Fair Trading Condition in the BT licence
  • 1998 – acting as regulatory advisor on the privatization of Kingston Communications
  • 2000-2006 – bringing several major competition and regulatory cases to Ofcom on behalf of Service Providers and Network Operators including Project Telecom, Martin Dawes and ntl
  • 2001-2005 – acting as regulatory advisor to bidders in several wireless auctions
  • 2004-2005 – advising Arqiva in Significant Market Power negotiations with Ofcom & the European Commission and drafting the Reference Interconnection Offer
  • 2003-2006 – retained by London Internet Exchange (LINX) to advise over data protection, interception and other regulatory issues
  • 2000-2006 – advisor to various Premium Rate & other content providers including successfully defending hearings at ICSTIS/Phone Play Plus and Ofcom

Highlights of his international experience include:

  • 2007-2010 – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) UAE:
    - implementing sector specific competition rules
    - drafting national spectrum policy & regulations
    - drafting unified licences
    - overseeing the number portability project
    - leading the structural separation project
    - leading the Internet Exchange Project
  • 2010 – Tata Communications Singapore:
    - acquiring licences in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and elsewhere in South East Asia
    - advising on interconnection and other regulatory issues across the region
    - advising on entry into the Chinese market
  • 2007/10 – Integrated Telecommunications Company (ITC) Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
    - advising on, negotiating and drafting IRU and other capacity agreements
    - negotiating licence conditions with the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
    - overseeing the flotation and launch of a new entrant in voice telephony