Josh Bates

Josh is an Associate in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. Josh previously worked at a political monitoring agency where he led the Tech and Telecoms portfolio, delivering Parliamentary insight to clients with a particular focus on online safety and digital competition policy.

Before this, he worked at a public affairs consultancy in Brussels where he provided clients in the financial services industry policy analysis and advocacy recommendations. He has also accumulated experience working at a FinTech trade body and within a Minister’s constituency office. 

He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in History and Politics. At Global Counsel, Josh works with tech clients across a range of issues in the UK and EU, including online safety, data efficiency, video games, and telecoms. 

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Preparing clients for appearances in front of select committees and supporting their wider engagement with Parliament. 
  • Generating detailed briefings on issues such as online safety, digital advertising, and the Metaverse.
  • Creating an engagement strategy for a major AI company to help them connect with regulators, parliament, and government. 

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Top in Tech: The CHIPS Act and the UK leadership race


On this episode of Top in Tech, we are crossing the Atlantic to explore recent policy developments in the US and UK. First, Senior Practice Director Conan D'Arcy speaks to Senior Associate Ugonma Nwankwo about the CHIPS Act, America's long-delayed semiconductor production bill, and the narrowing political window to pass it. Then, we are joined by Associate Josh Bates…

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Digitally connected or divided: will the Government finally achieve its telecoms rollout ambitions?


5G and gigabit-broadband rollout have often been heralded as the means by which the UK becomes a truly digitally connected and inclusive nation. Whilst the Conservative Government initially set out a bold commitment to deliver full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business by 2025, this was soon rolled back to an aim of 85% coverage by 2025, with a…

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