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London FoxMandal-Sir Gavin tie-up ends; Firm hires UK minister

Keith Vaz MP
Keith Vaz MP

FoxMandal Little's London office has hired UK MP Keith Vaz as a "brand ambassador", while the firm's similar commercial retainer with its previous London consultant and former High Court judge has ended.

Sir Gavin Lightman signed up with FoxMandal's London office in early 2008 with an aim to assist the firm on arbitration and insolvency issues and to train lawyers in India.

FoxMandal managing partner Som Mandal confirmed that Lightman was no longer a paid consultant with the firm for several months now but that he continued to have a close relationship with the firm.

Lightman was unavailable for comment when contacted.

FoxMandal's London office has now hired solicitor, Labour Party politician and MP for the Leicester East constituency Keith Vaz in a paid part-time role.

Mandal said: "He will be a brand ambassador and he would also play an important role in our strategies in England."

He added that Lightman's role had been slightly different. "[Vaz] will play more of a role in telling us what we need to do - we would listen a lot to him in strategies in England."

"He's a lawyer of Indian origin and we are expecting that he can add value to our office in his capacity as a lawyer and a person who has the ability to open doors for us."

Vaz (pictured) is a well-known and outspoken Labour Party politician who has often enjoyed the media spotlight throughout his career but has also been involved in a number of controversies.

Vaz's office confirmed the existence of a retainer with FoxMandal to Legally India but declined to comment on the details.

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