Finsbury enlists taxi boss Kelsey

Finsbury has lured Chris Kelsey, director of government affairs at London Taxis International (LTI), to be an associate partner in its political and regulatory practice.

He joins next month and will report to practice chief and partner Rory Chisholm. Kelsey said his brief would span the transport, financial services and energy sectors.

The practice is currently working on the Boots/Alliance Unichem merger. It has also advised Coral Eurobet on the Gambling Bill and Reed Elsevier on policy developments in the medical publication market.

At LTI, maker of the iconic London taxi, safety and environmental issues have recently led the agenda.

Kelsey has been responsible for dealings with the  Greater London Authority and the Office of Fair Trading on its recent report on taxis. Prior to that he was an account manager at Citigate Public Affairs and an adviser to then minister for welfare reform Frank Field.

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