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DLA Piper bolsters global Government Affairs team with appointment of Lord Blunkett

DLA Piper bolsters global Government Affairs team with appointment of Lord Blunkett


The move is to draw on Lord Blunkett's expertise for strategic political advice and policy

DLA Piper, has announced the appointment of The Rt. Hon Professor the Lord Blunkett to its Government Affairs team, reinforcing its commitment to providing clients with comprehensive strategic and political advice.

Lord Blunkett, a member of the House of Lords since 2015 and former MP, brings a wealth of political experience, having served as Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary, and Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet. His unique perspective, coupled with his commitment to public policy, aligns seamlessly with DLA Piper's goal of incorporating diverse political voices into its advisory team.

DLA Piper's decision to appoint advisers from various political backgrounds underscores its dedication to offering clients a well-rounded understanding of government dynamics. Lord Blunkett's role as Adviser on Public Policy and Internal Understanding of Government and Policy Development emphasises his responsibilities in providing public policy advice, enhancing the firm's understanding of government operations, and offering strategic guidance to clients.

This move marks a significant expansion of DLA Piper's Government Affairs team, reflecting the evolving needs of clients navigating complex regulatory landscapes. The team not only addresses political and regulatory risks but also identifies opportunities within these dynamic environments.

Lord Blunkett joins a distinguished group of political consultants in the UK Government Affairs team, including Lord (Gavin) Barwell, Lord (Andrew) Tyrie, and Lord (Edward) Garnier QC. The team is led by Paul Hardy, leveraging his experience as a former senior legal counsel in both the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Crucially, Lord Blunkett's appointment aligns with the House of Lords Code of Conduct, ensuring ethical collaboration between him and DLA Piper without engaging in consultant lobbying.

DLA Piper's UK practice is part of a global government affairs network, with additional centres in Washington DC and Brussels. Comprising legal and policy professionals with extensive government and corporate experience, the team provides clients with unparalleled insight into navigating political landscapes worldwide.

Commenting on his appointment, Lord Blunkett expressed enthusiasm for contributing to DLA Piper's global reach during a period of political change. Simon Levine, DLA Piper’s Global co-CEO and Managing Partner, emphasised the firm's commitment to investing in its Government Affairs team, recognising the invaluable contributions of Lord Blunkett in guiding clients through the intricacies of contemporary political and economic uncertainties.