With our contacts and influence in both sides of the Brexit divide, we are engaged in a level of risk analysis and advisory where other lobby firms are not.
Our Media Coverage
The Independent, Wed 14 Sept 2016
… “Britain needs to be careful not to be perceived as trying to restore a neo-colonialist style leadership. If it were to do that, it may find the welcome mat pulled from the entire continent of Africa.”…Andrew MacLeodRead the full article on our blog
“Opportunity not fear” | TEDx Melbourne
Opportunity not fear – a chance to be the world’s great cultural translator. Australia is poised to be the cultural hinge in an “epochal shift” that could define the way we relate and trade in the the 21st Century and beyond.Andrew MacLeodWatch the full video on YouTube
Andrew MacLeod, currently a Visiting Professor at Kings College is a recognised global leader, negotiator and communicator.Watch the full video on YouTube
Meet the Team
Andrew MacLeod, currently a Visiting Professor at Kings College is a recognised global leader, negotiator and communicator. He has a track record of leading organisations through challenge, crisis and change.
Andrew is a founding Non-Executive Director at Cornerstone Capital overseeing growth from start-up to ten figure (in US dollars) funds under advice and management in only 2 ½ years. While CEO of Committee for Melbourne, he reversed 3 years of growing deficit to restore the organisation to financial sustainability.
While working as Chief of Operations of the UN Emergency Coordination Centre in Pakistan Andrew negotiated a complex series of relationships that saw the Pakistan military, international NGOs, UN agencies, US military, UK military and non state militant groups all playing a role in delivering a successful operation without casualties or conflict. Previous roles included negotiations and government/stakeholder management in central Africa and the Balkans.
Current roles include:-
- Non-Executive Director Cornerstone Capital (New York),
(Member Audit and Risk Committee).
- Non-Executive Director, Backpack Beds USA
(Member Finance Committee)
- Senior Adviser Gravitas Capital and Homestrings PLC (UK)
- Senior Adviser Critical Resource (UK)
- Visiting Professor, Kings College London
- Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellow, Deakin University
- Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania Law School
- Affiliate Expert Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC
- Advisor for several charitable organisations, including:
- Swags for the Homeless,
- The Big Issue (Australia),
- Welcome to Australia.
Andrew is also a qualified solicitor in both Australia and England.
Principal and Director
Donal Blaney is the Principal of Griffin Law. He is admitted to practice in England & Wales (1998) and the British Virgin Islands (2004).
He is a former National Chairman of Conservative Future, a former local councillor in Hammersmith & Fulham, a former Chairman of Conservative Way Forward and the founder of the Young Britons’ Foundation and the Margaret Thatcher Centre.
In his capacity as a litigator he obtained the world’s first injunction served via Twitter and his firm has developed a reputation for being proactive, innovative and tenacious in the way that it represents its clients in litigation.
Having studied and gained a Bachelor of Arts geography degree from the University of Sheffield, Liz currently works as the relationship manager at the firm.
Outside of work, Liz is always looking for her next adventure and is usually found scaling rock faces or indoor climbing walls and has a particular love for donkeys with 7 and counting in her home town, Stoke on Trent.
Head of Technology
Mike Rouse has 18 years of experience with technology, with a focus on web-based solutions.
He set up John Redwood’s Diary in 2005, and was shortlisted by the New Statesman magazine in 2007 as the Young Innovator of the Year for his contributions at Britain’s first internet-based TV station.
Mike has also worked in the motor industry, the adult skills sector, at a top tier IT supplier, a fleet management company, financial services, and in social housing technology services.
Well known in political circles as the go-to technical guy, Mike was awarded a tongue-in-cheek ‘Tech Genius’ award by the then Chairman of the Conservative Party, Eric Pickles. Mike also set up and temporarily ran the Facebook page for David Cameron.