Bratby Law is an English legal boutique providing legal, regulatory and transactional advice in the telecoms, digital and data sectors.

Rob Bratby has over 25 years of experience as a telecoms, digital and data lawyer. He has worked for the UK telecoms regulator, in-house at a leading European telecoms carrier as well as leading City and US law firms in London and Singapore.

What clients say

“I have worked with Rob on a number of telecommunications projects. He has a great understanding of networks and technology and combines this very effectively with his legal and regulatory skills. He is innovative in his approach to issues and very pragmatic in his solutions and advice. A personable and flexible external expert.”

Helen Watson, Vodafone

 

“Rob has in-depth knowledge of telecoms regulations, understands the business needs of his clients and provides advice that is both legally sound and pragmatic in a short turn-around time. I look forward to continuing working with him.”

Aline Daufresne de la Chevalerie, Orange Business Services

 

“I worked with Rob on a Telecom Emerging Market deal where his strong technical and industry knowledge was supported by very balanced and commercial legal advice which was valued by his client and other advisors. He stands out from the crowd with regard to providing customised commercial advice at the right time to his client. I would strongly recommend him going forward.”

Heath Snyder, Deloitte

 

“I worked with Rob over many years whilst I was at Orange. He is one of those rare lawyers who really does understand the business imperatives behind the legal situations businesses find themselves in. Most notably he provided first class support to me and my team on a high profile / high value joint venture network sharing deal. His ability to see both the detail and the bigger strategic picture were enormously helpful.”

Amanda Doyle, Orange

 

“Rob is a very likeable, intelligent and focused lawyer who excels at analyzing and advising on complex transactions involving telecommunications law and policy. He is at the top of my list of “Go To” lawyers when a deal involves UK telecoms.”

Deb Boehling, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby LLP

 

“I worked with Rob on several MVNO projects whilst setting up the MVNO business at Orange, where he was instrumental in ensuring that our interests were properly protected. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, and was worth his weight in gold during the negotiations, where he played a lead role. He is incredibly knowledge on all aspects of telecoms. I don’t think I could recommend Rob highly enough, and my advice is make sure he is on your side, as you really wouldn’t want to be opposing him!”

Michael Hunt, Orange

Directory rankings and comments

Consistently ranked as leading lawyer by external directories (in both London and Singapore) since 2004. Current comments include:

Legal 500 (2019): “International Practice head and ‘exceptional lawyer’ Rob Bratby has significant regulatory expertise and is frequently instructed on international telecoms projects. Rob Bratby knows how to add value. The coordination among the team avoids the often recurring siloed advice seen at other firms. They are thoughtful, good listeners and evidently care about finding the right solutions for clients.”

Chambers & Partners (2019): “Robert Bratby ‘s clients benefit from his wealth of experience in global telecoms regulatory matters. He has a unique ability to negotiate on behalf of his clients with a finesse and an elegance that is uncommon,” says one impressed source, adding: “He chooses arguments that will resound and echo with the counterparty and makes it clear that he is not disregarding their interests in defending his own position.”

Who’s Who Legal Data Privacy & Protection and Data Security (2019): “Arnold & Porter’s Robert Bratby is a regulatory expert who is highlighted as an “excellent lawyer” in the field, with notable experience advising on an array of data security and privacy issues.”

Recent press coverage

“Rob Bratby launches telecoms, digital and data boutique

Total Telecom

 

“Big Law is Coming to an End’: Former Olswang Asia Head Launches Boutique

Law.com (Legal Week)

 

“Heading for the cloud: solicitor leaves office to set up virtual firm”

Law Society Gazette

 

“Going solo”

Solicitors Journal

 

Rob’s experience

Work

Rob’s private practice work experience includes:

  • 2020 – ongoing: Principal Solicitor, Bratby Law
  • 2017-2020: Partner, Head of International Telecommunications, Internet and Media (based in London) at Washington DC law firm, Arnold & Porter
  • 2011-16: Managing Partner, Asia (based in Singapore) at London telecoms, media and technology law firm Olswang
  • 2008-11: Partner, Head of Commercial (based in London) at London telecoms, media and technology law firm Olswang
  • 2005-08: Partner, Head of Telecoms (based in London) at Chicago law firm, Mayer Brown
  • 2003-05: Counsel at Washington DC law firm, WilmerHale
  • 1994-98: Trainee and Associate at global law firm, Baker & McKenzie

Rob worked in-house at leading European competitive local access provider COLT Telecom from 1998-2003, during which time his experience included:

  • Director of Partnerships, Alliances and Channels to Market
  • Director of Business Development
  • Manager, Legal & Regulatory

Rob worked at the UK telecoms regulator, Oftel 1995-1996.

Rob held a short service limited commission in the Royal Artillery and served in West Germany 1989-1990.

Education

Rob’s education includes:

  • 2015-16: INSEAD, International Directors’ Programme in Corporate Governance
  • 1998-2003: Henley Management College, MBA
  • 1997- 98: University of Bristol, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice
  • 1993-94: Nottingham Law School, LPC
  • 1990- 93: University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, BA(Hons), MA (Cantab), Natural Sciences and Law

International

Rob now lives and primarily works from London. He lived and worked in Singapore 2011-2016 and worked widely across ASEAN.

He also works from Italy and Singapore.

Writing, blogging and networking

  • Contributing Editor of International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecoms, Internet and Media Law
  • Blogger
  • Experienced conference speaker and chair
  • Member of International Bar Association Communications and Technology committees
  • Judge for Total Telecom’s World Communications Awards

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Pro bono legal advisor at East Greenwich Legal Advice Clinic focused on debt, benefits and family pro bono advice
  • Student mentor at University of Greenwich law faculty