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Malcolm is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with extensive experience of contractual regulatory and legislative drafting in the UK and other common law jurisdictions. Since qualifying in 1994 Malcolm has advised commercial, government and public sector bodies on a wide range of issues affecting electronic communications, transport, infrastructure and other development projects.

Malcolm is an internationally-accredited provider of legal and professional training. He has designed and delivered training on issues such as contract risk management, contractual and statutory drafting and regulatory policy in the UK, Africa, South-East Asia and India. In 2013 Malcolm was appointed lead training consultant to the Law Society of England and Wales International Division, and more recently he has delivered training on Public Private Partnership laws and contracts on behalf of UKTI and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Prosperity Fund in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa.

He is a regular contributor to legal and professional journals, with recent articles focusing on smart cities and on the commercial impact of the "internet of things", blockchain technology, dynamic procurement and smart contracts. His forthcoming book is entitled: Business, Law and the Internet of Things (Inspire, 2016)


Examples of experience include advising:

  • UK Competitive Telecommunications Association, acting as Roll B Parliamentary Agent and negotiating assurances and undertakings in relation to Crossrail
  • British Expertise International, providing a detailed critique, comparative study and proposed amendments to PPP, Companies and Economic Empowerment legislation in Zimbabwe, Mali, Liberia and Namibia and leading PPP workshops for government lawyers and officials in a number of other African jurisdictions
  • Asian Legal Business/Thomson Reuters, leading workshops for General Counsel and in-house legal teams on the "internet of things", electronic communications and smart cities
  • A major UK telecommunications infrastructure provider, advising on contractual and commercial issues relating to network consolidation.
  • Syntel Inc, India, contract negotiation and contract management advice and workshops

Sector expertise

Energy and Natural Resources

  • Advising on issues relating to land access and directional drilling
  • Advising on grid connection agreements
  • Advising on renewables projects and installations.

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Advising on issues relating to Crossrail
  • Training and advising Network Rail in relation to authorising statutes, powers and duties

Real Estate

  • Advising on issues relating to electronic communications apparatus, base station sites, fibre optic and submarine cables
  • Advising on energy efficiency and environmental regulation affecting commercial real estate
  • Advising on legal issues relating to "smart" buildings

Insights and resources

Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Law and Practice, (EG Books, 2008)

Green Buildings and the Law (UK Chapter) (CIB, 2011)

Smarter Shipping (Insight Indonesia, April 2016)

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