Railtrack is to review its lobbying account with Lowe Bell
Political, as it fights a possible windfall tax levy and increasing
pressure from the rail regulator.
Recent Lowe Bell breakaway agency Lawson Lucas Mendelson is thought to
be a strong contender for the business.
Lowe Bell won the account from GJW in August 1996, on a one year
contract for undisclosed fees.
’Our intention was to have them advise us during the election period and
that has run its course,’ said Railtrack’s corporate affairs director
He is due to meet Lowe Bell in the next month to discuss the
The agency is considering whether to re-pitch.
LLM was formed at the end of May when two key Labour figures left Lowe
Bell Political (PR Week, 30 May). Neal Lawson and Ben Lucas left to set
up with Jon Mendelson, a former aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Both Lawson and Lucas had worked on the Railtrack account. ’Their
biggest strength is the quality of advice they give,’ said Dewhurst.
Railtrack could be one of the first utilities to be taxed under the
windfall levy, and is fighting off efforts to make it more accountable
to the Office of Rail Regulation.
In March Railtrack split its European lobbying account between three
firms, led by Brussels lobbying agency Cabinet Stewart. The track
authority’s law firm Simmons and Simmons handles monitoring, and
London-based agency Spada is working on submissions for EU funds from
Railtrack’s regional offices.