Deliveroo, GSK and law firms confirmed as clients of Gill and Stephenson's Hanbury Strategy

Hanbury Strategy, the agency formed last year by a former David Cameron aide and the man who lead PR for the official Brexit campaign Vote Leave, has been taken on by two major law firms, plus Deliveroo and pharma titan GSK.

Deliveroo has been confirmed as one of Hanbury Strategy's new clients
Deliveroo has been confirmed as one of Hanbury Strategy's new clients

Ex-Cameron adviser Ameet Gill and Brexit campaigner Paul Stephenson set up Hanbury last September. They had to request consent to start the business from independent body the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, due to Gill's previous employment in Government.

Their new clients are revealed in another letter of consent from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, sent late last month and published on the body's website today. 

The letter lists short details on the the four commissions:

  • GSK: "Hanbury will be commissioned to provide strategic policy advice to members of GSK’s London office in connection with the implications of Brexit.
  • Deliveroo: "The services envisaged concern over the provision of strategic communications advice to members of Deliveroo’s management team in the UK.
  • Linklaters: "Hanbury will provide strategic policy advice to Partners in Linklaters’ London office in connection with the impact of Brexit on their clients’ businesses."
  • Herbert Smith Freehills: "The services envisaged concern the provision of strategic policy advice to Partners in Herbert Smith’s London office in connection with the impact of Brexit on their clients’ businesses."

The letter goes on to say that "each proposed commission is for a twelve-month period, with the exception of Roofoods Ltd [the legal name of Deliveroo], which is for an initial short-term period, which may or may not lead to a longer agreement".

In common with other minister or individuals leaving the civil service, Gill is told by the letter that he should not use any of the privilged information available to him in that role, and "should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government" for two years since leaving crown service.

When Deliveroo said in January that it had taken on Hope&Glory to handle UK press office and brand campaigns, PRWeek reported that it was also looking for a corporate comms partner.

PRWeek UK chose Hanbury as one of its seven new agencies to watch in 2017.

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