Gordon had a dual role with British Telecommunications (BT) plc, where he worked from 1999 to 2009. He was both General Counsel in charge of legal and regulatory affairs, sitting on the executive of the Retail division, the £8 billion revenue arm of BT plc, as well as having responsibility for BT’s global antitrust and regulatory activity. During his more than ten years at BT, he dealt with a vast array of commercial, legal and regulatory matters. Gordon coordinated the anti-trust and regulatory aspects of BT’s demerger from AT&T in 2001 and the subsequent entry of BT into over 170 markets globally.
At BT plc, Gordon also had responsibility for engagements with regulators and antitrust officials worldwide, he interfaced with the World Economic Forum and led the Washington DC office of BT plc. He spearheaded BT’s entry into the Indian market where he led the BT efforts from 2002-2009 to allow foreign market entry and the subsequent discussions on appropriate regulatory and licencing models. This included extensive engagements with TRAI and TDSAT and government as well as the establishment of ACTO, the alternative operators association. He interfaced heavily with Ofcom and the CAT and with the key players in the industry on the vast range of regulatory interventions in the UK including the pay tv investigation, PPC pricing, mobile termination, Openreach/Group/Retail engagement and pricing as well as advertising regulation, customer switching, product deployment and strategy.He was recognised in 2010 by the Lawyer magazine as one of the UK’s top 100 lawyers for his work on telecommunications regulation and regulatory policy.
Gordon is well known in the telecommunications space and is a global leader in the delivery of complex projects involving aligned legal, regulatory, public affairs and media strategies and the leading of multi-disciplinary teams. He has provided strategic advice on most of the consolidations in the global telecoms sector in the last decade, either as a participant to the consolidation or as challenger. Gordon was Chair of the well-respected International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Telecoms and ICT from 2005-2009, driving their work on international market access, internet policies and dispute settlement and resolution models globally as well as internet policy. Gordon, a graduate of Aberdeen University, has a master’s degree (LLM) in advanced European Law, cum laude, from the College of Europe in Belgium. He went on to work in Brussels, Auckland and London as well as at the European Court of Justice. He also worked at the law firm of Ashursts in London on corporate finance and competition law. He has written and presented extensively on legal and regulatory matters including the core UK legal text on the EU Treaty that led to the Euro.
He is a dual qualified solicitor in England and Wales and Scotland. He is a now a partner at the international legal and regulatory firm of Webb Henderson who specialise in telecommunications policy and have an exceptional client base in the telecommunications, media and technology arena. He leads their London office and their practice in the UK, Europe, Africa and India. He is a non-executive director on two charitable bodies, focussed on the arts.
He spent 18 months on the executive of one of the largest charities in Europe, the GHA, which housed a large proportion of Scotland’s population. As part of a new executive team, he led their transformation from a position of regulatory closure to a new financing arrangement worth over 1 billion pounds and a new regulatory arrangement. He also re-designed their legal teams into an external facing division and led them to the Public Sector Team of the Year award in 2011 at the Lawyer Awards. He also initiated and then secured funding of 20 million pounds to build a high speed broadband network connecting the GHA properties, which is presently out for tender.