Senior Associate

Josh is an Senior 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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The Online Safety Bill: now it's through Parliament, what's next?


With the Online Safety Bill finally through Parliament, Conan D'Arcy is joined by Josh Bates to discuss the next steps for this legislation, and what stages remain before the regime is put into force. This episode also covers some of the major changes that the Bill has undergone, and what ramifications these new laws could have globally.

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Doing more for less: how can the UK government transform its use of data?


The last few years have had a transformative effect on the UK public sector. The pandemic exacerbated existing inefficiencies and highlighted a lack of digital and data-led systems across Whitehall, while conversely demonstrating the potential of digitisation in the public sector and the opportunities which stem from a data-led approach. 

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What's next for the regulation of the gaming sector?


This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy is joined by Josh Bates to discuss the future of regulation for the gaming sector. Following the recent twists and turns of Microsoft's attempts to acquire Activision, regulators now appear set to approve the deal, though questions remain as to where this leaves digital competition in the gaming space. They also discuss the future of…

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