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As we’re now fully immersed in the summer of 2022, for Trenches Law that means we’re celebrating another special milestone. This time it’s our five-year anniversary! Facing challenges head-on and creating a wave of exciting opportunities, what has our organisation gone through during the last 12 months? We asked Co-founder and Managing Director, Sharon McDermott, to tell us more…
By 2030 the UK will require 300,000 public chargers in place. However, only 30,000 public chargers are currently online. So, how prepared are we for a greener, EV future? Hélène Maillet-Vioud, from Geldards law firm, provides further insight in our latest guest blog…
As we’re now fully immersed in the summer of 2022, for Trenches Law that means we’re celebrating another special milestone. This time it’s our five-year anniversary! Facing challenges head-on and creating a wave of exciting opportunities, what has our organisation gone through during the last 12 months? We asked Co-founder and Managing Director, Sharon McDermott, to tell us more…
By 2030 the UK will require 300,000 public chargers in place. However, only 30,000 public chargers are currently online. So, how prepared are we for a greener, EV future? Hélène Maillet-Vioud, from Geldards law firm, provides further insight in our latest guest blog…
As more organisations look to a variety of ways to stay connected, there has been an increase over the years in demand for dark fibre and how it can benefit businesses moving forward. In April 2017, the Government introduced a five-year holiday period on business rates for new fibre optic broadband infrastructure (FTTP). And, as a result of Covid-19, this break was extended for another year until 1st April 2023. So, what do business leaders have to consider, and how do they claim rates relief before the deadline? We questioned Phil Ray, Director of business rates at Altus Group, to provide this guidance…
Recent times have not been easy for many organisations, but we’ve been humbled to see how companies have survived and thrived beyond the Covid-19 crisis. As we celebrate our fourth anniversary, we tasked Managing Director and co-founder Sharon McDermott to discuss a year to remember...
Most operators are familiar with the benefits that Code powers bring when it comes to building and maintaining UK networks, but the perceived time and costs associated with an application to Ofcom deter many from tackling the paperwork. Here, Sharon McDermott, founder of Trenches Law and an experienced telecoms lawyer advises how to prepare the perfect submission…
With workplace stress levels currently at an all-time high for many people in the UK, we encourage everyone to take a breather for this month’s guest blog as we hear from Sue Skelton. Having qualified as a nurse in 1983, she knows all too well about the physical and mental pressures that the human body is asked to cope with. And she’s also extremely interested in the therapeutic benefits of yoga, which now sees her work with people from all walks of life – including the Trenches team – via weekly online sessions.
It sounds like a strange parallel to draw, but when it comes to the implementation of a digital transformation project – specifically the automation of business processes – Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and their senior counterparts could learn a lot from the Great Britain Cycling Team. That’s the opinion of Terry Daniell, Operations Director at Trenches Law, who was recently interviewed for Interface Magazine. If you missed the feature, catch it if full, here…
It’s been a difficult year for employers and employees alike, with workforces obligated to operate from physically disparate locations due to Covid-19. But with 74% of organisations set to maintain increased remote working practices when lockdown is only a distant memory, colleague connectivity has become of paramount importance for businesses large and small.
Our Head of Wayleave Georgina Rudak recently chaired a virtual discussion for Connected Britain on the much-debated topic – ‘Developing a wayleave process for a full fibre Britain’. One of the panellists – Davina Fell, digital infrastructure programme manager for Southwark Council – was so impressive, that we invited her to be Trenches Law’s next guest blogger.
It’s fair to say that the wayleave process is far from straightforward. In fact, it’s one of the most multi-layered and convoluted legal journeys that firms are required to navigate. However essential telecoms cables may be, the digging up of roads to enable this to happen requires a lengthy process, and one that, in 2020, should surely be simpler.
The Government’s plans to invest a further £5bn to support the deployment of full fibre and gigabit digital networks, has been hailed as the UK’s second wave of digital growth. This progress couldn’t be better timed, believes Sharon McDermott, an experienced legal professional from the telecoms sector and founder of Trenches Law. But it won’t be without its challenges, as she explained to Managed IT in a recent feature. If you missed it, catch it in full, here…
The roll out of full fibre and gigabit digital networks is a massively hot topic, not just in the world of telecoms, but the business community overall. And with big numbers constantly hitting the headlines – from a £5bn Government investment to the creation of 1.2 million jobs – the cost vs gain of these next-generation network builds perhaps deserves greater attention. Sharon McDermott, an experienced telecoms lawyer from Trenches Law, offers her thoughts…
As the industry reacts to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, operators throughout the channel are being forced to make unprecedented decisions daily. Sharon McDermott – a legal professional with 30 years’ telecoms experience and founder of Trenches Law – recently spoke exclusively to Technology Reseller, observing the impact that different responses could have on resellers, when we hopefully emerge on the other side of this health crisis.
The current health crisis means that organisations from all walks of business life have had to define and adapt to a ‘new normal’, and things are no different in the telecoms sector. But what impact has COVID-19 had on the progress of network builds and, more specifically, what does this all mean when it comes to obtaining wayleave consent? Our Head of Wayleave, Georgina Rudak, offers her thoughts…