Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn (LLM) is losing one of its senior
consultants to rival GPC after just two months in the job.
Dawn Parr joins the four-strong international regulatory practice at GPC
as a senior consultant on competition issues, reporting to head of
practice John Dickie and managing director Peter Bingle.
A career civil servant, she joined LLM as part of their expansion last
November, having served as private secretary to a succession of
government ministers at the Department of Trade and Industry. As a
specialist in competition, consumer affairs and insolvency, she reported
directly to ministers of state Philip Oppenheim and Kim Howells.
A spokesman for LLM said Parr’s departure was ’a shame but it didn’t
work out for her here. Obviously we wish her all the best’. LLM is
currently recruiting a replacement to work alongside senior staff, which
includes Olly Grender, the former Liberal Democrat communications
Parr started work at GPC last Monday, working on a range of clients
including Transco, the distribution arm of BG, and AXA investment
The agency is in the process of expanding its own staff list following
the hiring of managing director Peter Bingle from TCG last summer. The
agency is boosting its employee resource in both media relations (PR
Week 7 January) and competition lobbying and Parr’s appointment brings
GPC’s staff numbers to over 100.