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The Digital Economy Act : What surveyors need to know about changes to the law on telecommunications equipment
This paper suggests that, given the imminent implementation of the new Electronic Communications Code under the provisions of the Digital Economy Act 2017, property owners and their surveyors and valuers should act now to review what telecommunications equipment they have on their property, the legal basis upon which it is installed and whether any action should be taken.
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Michael Watson is a partner at Shulmans Solicitors, who has spent most of his career advising upon contentious commercial property issues. He is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the RICS Dilapidations Forum. He has previously served on the steering group of the Forum and spoken at a number of annual conferences held by the Forum. He is also a member of the RICS Telecoms Forum. He has particular expertise in relation to mobile phone masts and telecommunications, having previously acted for and advised a number of mobile network operators. He regularly presents continuing professional development seminars to RICS members throughout the UK. He has a broad range of experience in relation to property- related disputes and has acted for clients ranging from government departments to institutional investors and private clients.