Ex-Tory aides bag Brexit briefs

Written by David Singleton on 5 April 2017 in News

David Cameron's former strategy chief will advise GSK and others on Brexit.

The public affairs firm set up by two former Conservative special advisers has landed a trio of Brexit-focused briefs.

Hanbury Strategy has been awarded lobbying contracts by pharmaceutical giant GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and law firms Linklaters LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills. All three contracts are for a 12-month period.

Ameet Gill and Paul Stephenson established their shop in September 2016 "to advise companies in the post-Brexit world".

Gill previously served as served as Cameron’s director of strategy in Number 10 while Stephenson is a former special adviser to senior Tories Andrew Lansley and Philip Hammond. He was most recently director of communications for Vote Leave.

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has given Gill the green light to work for the firm’s new clients.

The agency will “provide strategic policy advice to members of GSK’s London office in connection with the implications of Brexit,” according to a letter sent to Gill by Acoba, seen by PAN.

It will provide partners in the London offices of the two law firms with policy advice “in connection with the impact of Brexit on their clients’ businesses”.

Hanbury Strategy has also picked up a short-term strategic communcations account with Deliveroo. This work is not focused on Brexit and comes as the takeaway delivery firm recently turned to Teneo Blue Rubicon for lobbying help.

Deliveroo has stepped up its lobbying efforts by hiring George Osborne’s former chief of staff Thea Rogers as its VP, head of global comms and policy.



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