MacLaurin said to be handling PR for Nick Leeson

Rogue trader Nick Leeson is understood to have hired the MacLaurin Group to handle his media relations and personal promotion.

Rogue trader Nick Leeson is understood to have hired the MacLaurin

Group to handle his media relations and personal promotion.



MacLaurin is understood to have been brought on board by Leeson’s

lawyers and Ernst and Young, the liquidators for Barings bank, which

collapsed in February 1995 with trading losses of pounds 850 million,

thanks to Leeson’s speculation.



The agency will negotiate deals with publishers and advertisers for

Leeson to help pay back his debts. Until now Leeson has relied on his

lawyer, Stephen Pollard at Kingsley Napley, to act as his spokesman.



The money Leeson will earn from publishing and advertising deals will

go, as it has done already, straight to his liquidators, who have a high

court judgement allowing them to reclaim pounds 100 million from Leeson.

He is reported to be allowed pounds 3,000 a month living expenses.



He told the Mail on Sunday in August: ’Companies are trying to get me to

do advertising commercials and even make a documentary film.’



In the article he said he had been advised by his lawyers to hire a PR

consultant to manage his contact with the media and product

endorsements.



Leeson was released from jail in Singapore in July, and has already made

money from the film of his story, Rogue Trader.



MacLaurin director of media Ian Monk denied that his agency had been

retained to work for Leeson, his lawyers or the liquidators, and his

solicitor was not available for comment.



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