Ex-Chelgate man in Brexit court bid
Adrian Yalland spent three years at London-based lobbying firm.
The lobbyist behind fresh legal action that could scupper Brexit has been unmasked as a former executive vice president at the London-based agency Chelgate.
The Sunday Times reported this week that campaigners are seeking a judicial review in an attempt to give lawmakers a new power of veto over the terms on which Britain leaves the EU.
The action is being driven by Peter Wilding, chairman of the pro-Europe pressure group British Influence, and Adrian Yalland, a lobbyist who last made himself known in Westminster for being involved in a fracas on the street in Hampshire in 2014.
A former Conservative aide, Yalland is understood to have worked with various Tory MPs, including Nigel Evans, Andrew Bridgen and Nadine Dorries.
From 2010 to 2013, he was executive vice president at London-based lobbying firm Chelgate. After leaving the firm he retrained as a lawyer.
In 2013 he acted as solicitor to Evans when former deputy speaker of the House of Commons was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. Evans was subsequently cleared of all charges.
On LinkedIn, Yalland has recommended former Chelgate colleague David Spencer as a “very solid, very capable pair of hands”.
His review concluded: “I would warmly recommend David, although he does come with one 'health warning': he has terrible tastes in shirts and ties!”
Chelgate chairman and chief executive Terence Fane-Saunders declined to comment on his former employee, but indicated that the agency had changed somewhat since the days when Yalland was an executive vice president.
"Our work is slightly less traditional these days," he said. "More focused on issues management, more international."
Asked whether he was surprised to see his former employee hitting the headlines, Fane-Saunders told PAN: "In our industry, what is in the papers must never surprise you!"