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CHRIS Philipsborn - the Law Society's parliamentary lobbyist - has been poached by British Telecom. Philipsborn will be joining BT at the end of July, where he will take up the post of senior political adviser.
The former journalist and lobby correspondent had been with the society for three years, where he headed the parliamentary unit.
He worked largely behind the scenes lobbying MPs and members of the Government in an attempt to influence the procession of reforms that have hit the profession since he joined.
Recently, much of his work had been devoted to helping the Law Society persuade the Government to moderate its legal aid reform proposals.
He said he had received an offer he could not refuse, but was leaving the society at a time when it had a strong voice in parliament and was respected by the Government.
Law Society head of policy Russell Wallman said Philipsborn had played "an invaluable" role building the society's influence in parliament.
He said: "He tells parliamentarians what the society is doing and why and, just as importantly, keeps us up to date with what is going on in parliament."
A Law Society spokesman said the society would be advertising for a replacement.