The General Council of the Bar, the professional body for
barristers, is to review its government and media relations account,
which carries annual fees of pounds 120,000, before deciding whether to
Westminster Strategy has held the account for the past ten years. The
current three-year contract was renewed in 1995 after a repitch.
WS’s five-person team dedicated to the Bar Council is headed up by
managing director Michael Burrell and associate director Jane
David Hamilton-Rump, head of administration and public affairs secretary
at the Bar Council, said: ’We are not absolutely committed to
retendering, and any review wouldn’t necessarily be provoked by
In the event of a retender, Shandwick is expected to pitch for the Bar
Council account. Jon McLeod, a director at Shandwick and former
consultant at WS until last year, worked extensively on the account from
1994 to 1997.