Corporate and public affairs agency Fishburn Hedges and two other
firms have registered their clients for the first time with the
Association of Professional Political Consultants.
’It signals our commitment to the rules, self-regulation and openness in
this area,’ said FH director John Williams. The agency set up its lobbying
arm, now headed by Graham McMillan, two years ago. Its clients have
included the Royal Bank of Scotland and the National Grid Company.
FH, Political Planning Services and the Policy Partnership all feature in
the latest edition of the list, which is published every six months.
Registration is a condition of membership of the association.
The list of clients, which includes the names of individual lobbyists who
have undertaken work for them, is a public document and is sent to the
House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The association was set up in May 1994 by a group of five lobbying firms
on a platform of banning financial links between its members and MPs.
The founding members were the now defunct Ian Greer Associates,
Westminster Strategy, GJW, the Public Policy Unit and Market Access.
Two notable absences from the association’s membership are Lowe Bell
Political and Charles Barker. Generalist agencies Shandwick,
Burson-Marsteller and Hill and Knowlton are all active in lobbying but are
not among the 14 members.
Members are not obliged to register current work of a sensitive
The list includes clients served on a retainer and project basis.