Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird combines exceptional legal expertise with refreshingly creative thinking to help clients achieve their commercial goals. It has over 1,100 lawyers in 27 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Its three key differentiators are deep industry knowledge, excellence in client service and international reach. These differentiators are underpinned by its commitment to clarity, originality and passion.

Its satellite technologies practice is led and supported by widely recognised experts in the field and draws on synergies between the firm’s sector focuses in Tech & Comms, Aerospace, Defence & Security. This is complemented at the application level by its Automotive, Aviation, Energy, Healthcare and Life Sciences sector groups.

  • Regulatory matters including:
    • Licensing – launch and landing rights
    • Market access, spectrum pricing and access
    • ITU matters (including filing, BIU)
    • UN treaty issues (space debris, liability, property rights, transfer of assets)
    • Unidroit Space Assets Protocol
    • WTO matters

including the drafting of position papers, responses to consultations, standards and guidelines.

  • Satellite finance including PPP, PFI and export finance
  • IP, trademarks, patents, copyright
  • Commercial space industry contracts
  • Export control and sanctions issues
  • Outsourcing and general commercial contracts
  • Financial restructuring
  • Space insurance
  • Dispute resolution
  • Competition
  • Procurement
  • Broadcasting and media
  • Export control and sanctions
  • Applications such as ehealth, smart metering and oil and gas

Bird & Bird also has a dedicated SME practice.

Primary Contact

Joanne Wheeler

Phone Number

+44 (0)20 3017 6847

Website Address


15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP