Former Herbert Smith chief Gold leads cash-for-dinners inquiry

Former Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold has been appointed to lead an inquiry into the Conservative funding row, after the party’s co-treasurer was filmed offering private dinners with the Prime Minister in return for cash.

David Gold
David Gold

Lord Gold has been placed in charge of the inquiry after the Sunday Times caught Peter Cruddas claiming that top donors to the party could earn influence with David Cameron.

Gold set up a litigation boutique last year (31 January 2011).

He became a Tory peer in 2010 (19 November 2010), a year after standing down as chief of Herbert Smith (15 June 2009).

The Conservatives did not respond to The Lawyer’s request for comment on the extent of Gold’s role.