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Michael Wixen Associate Towerhouse regulatory law

Michael Wixen

Senior Associate

+44 (0) 7860 716 626

Michael trained and qualified as a solicitor with Towerhouse after joining the firm in September 2013. Prior to that, he spent four years working in the telecommunications sector as an in-house legal and regulatory advisor to a group of communications providers.

Much of Michael’s work is focused on commercial contracts and regulatory compliance.

Over the past few years, Michael’s work has included:

  • Drafting and advising on suites of template standard terms and addenda for a number of communications providers for the sale of communications and IT services;
  • Drafting and advising on reseller agreements, wholesale telecoms service agreements, MVNO agreements, hardware installation contracts and a wide variety of other service agreements;
  • Acting for two different consortiums of clients in the negotiation of the dark fibre reference offer between Openreach and industry (2016), and the reference offer for physical infrastructure access (2018 – present);
  • Acting for a client who was subject to an investigation by the regulator of premium-rate services;
  • Assisting with regulatory proceedings concerning matters subject to the jurisdiction of Ofcom, litigation at the Competition Commission and the Competition Appeal Tribunal, and judicial review proceedings at the Administrative Court;
  • Advising clients in respect of code powers under the Electronic Communications Code, including applications to Ofcom and issues concerning funds for liabilities;
  • Assisting in the creation of a ‘regulatory handbook’ for use by operational staff at a major energy provider to help team members understand their regulatory obligations;
  • Negotiating wayleave agreements for the installation of electronic communications apparatus on private land;
  • Giving advice on and helping to resolve various commercial and contractual disputes; and
  • Advising stakeholders on consultations and proposed legislative reform published by Ofcom and the Law Commission.

Michael studied at the University of Bristol and, as an undergraduate, he spent a year studying abroad in Umeå, Sweden.