• At Kemp Little, we are known for our ability to serve the very particular needs of a large but diverse technology client base. Our hands-on industry know-how makes us a good fit with many of the world's biggest technology and digital media businesses, yet means we are equally relevant to companies with a technology bias, in sectors such as professional services, financial services, retail, travel and healthcare.
  • Kemp Little specialises in the technology and digital media sectors and provides a range of legal services that are crucial to fast-moving, innovative businesses.Our blend of sector awareness, technical excellence and responsiveness, means we are regularly ranked as a leading firm by directories such as Legal 500, Chambers and PLC Which Lawyer. Our practice areas cover a wide range of legal issues and advice.
  • Our Commercial Technology team has established itself as one of the strongest in the UK. We are ranked in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and PLC Which Lawyer, with four of our partners recommended.
  • Our team provides practical and commercial advice founded on years of experience and technical know-how to technology and digital media companies that need to be alert to the rules and regulations of competition law.
  • Our Corporate Practice has a reputation for delivering sound legal advice, backed up with extensive industry experience and credentials, to get the best results from technology and digital media transactions.
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  • At Kemp Little, we advise clients in diverse sectors where technology is fundamental to the ongoing success of their businesses.They include companies that provide technology as a service and businesses where the use of technology is key to their business model, enabling them to bring their product or service to market.
  • We bring our commercial understanding of digital business models, our legal expertise and our reputation for delivering high quality, cost-effective services to this dynamic sector.
  • Acting for market leaders and market changers within the media industry, we combine in-depth knowledge of the structural technology that underpins content delivery and the impact of digitisation on the rights of producers and consumers.
  • We understand the risks facing this sector and work with our clients to conquer those challenges. Testimony to our success is the continued growth in our team of professionals and the clients we serve.
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  • For clients operating in the online sector, our teams are structured to meet their commercial, financing, M&A, competition and regulatory, employment and intellectual property legal needs.
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  • Our clients trust us to apply our solutions and know-how to help them make the best use of technology in structuring deals, mitigating key risks to their businesses and in achieving their commercial objectives.
  • We have extensive experience of advising customers and suppliers in the retail sector on technology development, licensing and supply projects, and in advising on all aspects of procurement and online operations.
  • Our legal professionals work alongside social media providers and users in relation to the commercial, privacy, data, advertising, intellectual property, employment and corporate issues that arise in this dynamic sector.
  • Our years of working alongside diverse software clients have given us an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the software marketplace, market practice and alternative negotiating strategies.
  • Working with direct providers of travel services, including aggregators, facilitators and suppliers of transport and technology, our team has developed a unique specialist knowledge of the sector
  • Your life as an entrepreneur is full of daily challenges as you seek to grow your business. One of the key strengths of our firm is that we understand these challenges.
  • Kemp Little is trusted by some of the world’s leading luxury brands and some of the most innovative e-commerce retailers changing the face of the industry.
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  • FlightDeck is our portal designed especially with start-up and emerging technology businesses in mind to help you get your business up and running in the right way. We provide a free pack of all the things no-one tells you and things they don’t give away to get you started.

Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR): How the Government aims to become a world leader in the next generation of mobile technology

The FTIR is a signal of intent by the Government to become a world leader in digital connectivity, ensuring fast access for all – even for the remote.   Announced over the summer, and a much needed response to the UK now finding itself in the bottom 3 countries in the European Union.  A consultation on the legislative changes needed to achieve the Government’s ambitions is forthcoming.  

In order to achieve this ambitious aim, the focus of the new initiative will be on full-fibre and 5G technology, as they offer the best long-term solutions to what consumers want and what businesses need in terms of speed, resilience and reliability. 

Why is this necessary?

Whilst the UK is currently ahead in superfast connectivity, with more than 95% of premises covered, it is lagging when it comes to the next generation of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) or ‘full-fibre’ coverage. The report indicated that the UK has only 4% full fibre connections, which is some way off our European counterparts of France (28%), Spain (71%), and Portugal (89%). This deficiency is further highlighted when compared to current world leaders such as Japan (97%) and South Korea (99%).

For the UK to continue to be the best place to start and grow digital businesses, it is clear greater investment is needed to help build fixed and wireless networks that keep up with how businesses of the future operate, and how the public will consume media in the coming years.

Who will benefit?

In addition to laying down the foundations to maximise commercial investment in digital infrastructure, the Government also recognises that parts of the country are likely to need more support than they would otherwise receive through the market alone. An ‘Outside-In’ strategy will be adopted, meaning that while free market competition will serve commercially viable areas, there will be greater investment in some of the most difficult to reach areas simultaneously. 

It is estimated that additional funding of £3bn-5bn is required to support the final 10% of areas not covered. The Government said, “These, often rural areas, must not be forced to wait until the rest of the country has connectivity before they can access gigabit-capable networks”.

Why is this significant?

Without such investment, the FTIR analysis indicates that full fibre broadband networks will only ever reach three quarters of the country in a best-case scenario – and it would take more than twenty years to get there. However, with these new proposals, it is now estimated that most of the UK will have access to 5G, with the aim of connecting 15 million premises to full-fibre broadband by 2025 and providing full-fibre broadband coverage to all the country by 2033. 

These proposals will ensure that the UK stay ahead of the curve and remain as one of the most competitive places in the world to start and run a modern business. Sharon White, the Ofcom Chief Executive, said, “We welcome the Government’s review, and share its ambition for full-fibre and 5G networks to be rolled out right across the UK. The Government and Ofcom are working together, and with industry, to help ensure people and business get the broadband and mobile they need for the 21st century.”

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