Holmes & Marchant Counsel - the PR agency at the heart of the
Huntsworth Group - has rebranded as Counsel to reflect the name change
of its holding company.
In 1999, Holmes & Marchant (H&M) changed its name to Huntsworth. Five
H&M companies, including Counsel, which is run by MD Nigel Dickie, are
adopting a new name and corporate branding to avoid confusion with the
old H&M brand name.
Counsel director David Wells said: 'We were known as Counsel to most
clients in any case. Feedback showed us that the H&M brand name wasn't
Huntsworth's recent PR acquisitions - fashion and youth agency Stephanie
Churchill PR and corporate PR consultancy Woodside Communications - will
retain their existing names to capitalise on the strength of their
The companies were taken over in May as part of a deal worth pounds 5.3m
when CEO Lord Chadlington, the founder of Shandwick International,
unveiled details of a strategy to turn the troubled group into a major
Holmes & Marchant Counsel was set up more than 30 years ago. Last year,
Chadlington ousted Huntsworth's then directors as part of a concert
party including ex-Halifax chairman Jon Foulds. Since the boardroom coup
six months ago, two of the four offices have been closed and the
workforce has been slashed from more than 170 to around 100.