Dibbs signs lord to EC lobby unit

Dibb Lupton Alsop has landed a major coup for its Brussels practice by signing up Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones as head of its new government policy unit.

The unit will act on behalf of Dibbs' clients in a fact-finding and lobbying capacity within the European Commission.

Clement-Jones still has to receive clearance from the House of Lords to take up the position, which will not happen until Parliament opens in October.

Clement-Jones is the Liberal Democrat spokesman for health in the Lords and was vice-chairman of the party's general election campaign last year.

The trained lawyer became a lord last summer and is currently a public affairs consultant at Political Context.

Clement-Jones has recently been in the public eye through his campaigning for greater compensation for the victims of the measles mumps and rubella vaccination.

He was once thought to be in the running for the post of chief executive of the Independent Television Commission, having worked for London Weekend Television as a lawyer, and was company secretary for retail giant Kingfisher until 1996.

News of the appointment comes after the confirmed departure of London-based competition partner Tim Frazer for US firm Arnold & Porter.

Frazer's departure leaves just one competition partner in Dibbs' London practice.

However, insiders at the firm say that he was not one of the rainmakers and while his decision to leave is disappointing to the practice it is not devastating.

Dibbs refused to comment on Clement-Jones' appointment while the man himself was unavailable for comment.