The government has appointed Pinsent Masons to be the sole legal advisor on its £530 million rural broadband rollout, it has been reported.
According to the Lawyer, the City law firm will offer expert advice on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's broadband initiative, which is geared at delivering nationwide 2Mb broadband by 2015.
Pinsent Masons was awarded the Broadband Delivery UK contract in May 2011, after fending off competition from around 15 other law firms.
Three firms from the Catalist legal panel – part of the Buying Solutions executive agency – were shortlisted by the government and interviewed in depth ahead of the award.
Pinsents will advise on all aspects of the broadband rollout project.
The firm will offer expertise on commercial, state aid, telecoms, procurement and local government law for a period of up to four years.
One of the first roles for Pinsents has been to help draft BDUK tender documents, as the agency searches for private sector broadband providers to partner with on the project.