Cooper departs WS board for PR post at law firm

Jane Cooper, the Westminster Strategy director responsible for

healthcare clients, is to join personal injury law firm Leigh Day & Co

in the newly created role of strategic communications director next

month.



Cooper is the second senior board member to quit in recent months

following the departure of CEO Leighton Andrews in July.



Cooper describes her new role as 'demystifying the legal process and

telling the public how it can work for them...that it's not out of reach

of ordinary people'.



'The firm's work shows the law can operate in the interests of people

who believe it is out of their financial reach,' she said.



Media relations is central to the role, which will see Cooper work

closely with the firm's partners.



Cooper is looking to move coverage out of the legal and health trade

press and into the mainstream consumer media.



She will continue to work with WS, providing some healthcare consultancy

in the short to medium-term.



Cooper was appointed a director at WS, where she oversaw a team of four,

in January 2000. She joined the firm in1989 from her job as head of

government relations at human rights charity Amnesty International.



Leigh Day & Co is no stranger to publicity. It represented World War II

army veterans in their bid to secure compensation from Japan for their

treatment in prisoner-of-war camps.



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