Douglas Webb was a partner at law firm Watts and Patterson, which subsequently became Rudd Watts and Stone, for 16 years from 1970, working in the commercial law field. His work included advising Clear during its negotiations with Telecom over the companies' interconnection agreement.
His first legal "overseas experience" was with the Asian Development Bank from 1982 to 1986, where he worked in the office of the general counsel.
After returning to Rudd Watts and Stone in 1986 he again took up commercial law and advised Clear during its negotiations with Telecom over the companies' interconnection agreement.
In 1991 he joined the World Bank's legal vice-presidency, the organisation's legal body, and from 1993 to 1998 was legal adviser for legal reform and private sector development. In 1998 he became legal adviser for finance and private sector development and was in charge of legal advisory services on developing banking systems, capital markets, corporate sector reform and private infrastructure investment.
Last year, he was promoted to the position of managing counsel, the number three legal position in the bank, and has responsibility for the management and administration of the bank's legal vice-presidency.
During his time at the World Bank Webb has worked on telecommunications issues, including the structure of regulatory systems, and his work in privatisation included the removal from state control of telecommunications carriers, the appointment of independent regulators and assisting the entry of private telco companies to the market.