Large UK law firm sets up specialist lobbying division

Dibb Lupton Alsop (DLA), the UK’s ninth largest law firm, has launched DLA Upstream, a public affairs practice headed by Political Context founder and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones.

Dibb Lupton Alsop (DLA), the UK’s ninth largest law firm, has

launched DLA Upstream, a public affairs practice headed by Political

Context founder and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Clement-Jones.



It has persuaded retail giant Kingfisher and internet service provider

Freeserve to sign up to its campaign on e-commerce regulation. DLA will

campaign on behalf of companies and trade bodies, including the

Advertising Association, for internet retailers to be regulated in their

country of origin.



Clement-Jones will oversee lobbying and legal experts in Brussels and

London. Former Rowland Company account director Kevin Craig and former

AS Biss research head Suzy Awford have also joined.



Clement-Jones joined on 1 September. He left Political Context after it

was sold to lobbyists Westminster Strategy in April. WS is a member of

the APPC, which forbids members from employing peers.



The practice has six senior staff, three of whom have legal

training.



It will also have access to lawyers from the rest of the group.



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