Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Weber Shandwick has lost its longstanding retained public affairs account with The Bar Council, the UK governing body that represents barristers.

Toby Craig, head of comms for The Bar Council, said the bulk of the account had been taken in-house after more than ten years, but added that Weber Shandwick was still advising on a project basis. Weber Shandwick public affairs chairman Jon McLeod said: 'The Bar Council and Bar Standards Board remain clients.'

Hume Brophy has appointed Gerry Lumsden, former secretary general of the European arm of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, as a senior consultant.

The British Retail Consortium has hired Sean O'Sullivan, a qualified barrister, as head of EU public affairs.

Lord McNally, current leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, is to host this year's Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture, organised by the CIPR International Group and Greater London Group, on 22 February.

Martin Robeson Public Affairs and recently established Guide Public Affairs are the latest agencies to be accepted into membership of the Association of Professional Political Consultants.

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