Baker & McKenzie Reappointed Legal Advisor to BBC Trust
15 September 2011
London, UK, 15 September 2011- Baker & McKenzie has been reappointed as independent legal advisor to the BBC Trust on regulatory matters. The Trust is the BBC's governing body. Baker & McKenzie has advised the BBC Trust since its inception in 2007, and the reappointment follows a competitive retendering exercise.
As part of the mandate, Baker & McKenzie will continue to advise the Trust across the broad range of strategic and regulatory matters that form the core of the Trust's responsibilities, including strategic approvals, fair trading and competition law issues, investigations and editorial matters. The Firm will also advise the Trust on public law issues, on developments to its regulatory framework and on amendments to its regulations, policies and codes.
Samantha Mobley, Partner at Baker & McKenzie commented, "We're delighted to be able to continue our partnership with the BBC Trust. We know from our experience over the last four years that working with the Trust involves high-profile and challenging matters. This is a particularly exciting time now that the Trust has entered a new period of leadership following the arrival of Lord Patten."
The BBC Trust is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of the BBC and for supervising its operations, which are the responsibilities of the BBC’s Executive Board. This structure was created (with the Trust replacing the BBC Governors) by the BBC’s new Royal Charter, which came into effect in 2007.