Pinsent Masons appoint alumnus Douglas Alexander as strategic adviser

Former Secretary of State for International Development has been hired to support debate among the firm's clients on doing business responsibly.

Edinburgh Law School alumnus Douglas Alexander, who was until 2015 a Member of the UK Parliament and served in the cabinets of both Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, has been appointed as strategic adviser to Pinsent Masons.

Mr Alexander's remit will include engaging with the firm's UK-based and international clients as they look to ensure their businesses are connected to their communities, are tackling poverty and are developing robust ethics and compliance practices. He will be splitting his time between this and his roles as a senior fellow at Harvard University, visiting professor at King's College London, and advising U2 frontman Bono.

Richard Foley, senior partner of Pinsent Masons, said: "Douglas has a stellar reputation as one of the most capable and engaging politicians of his generation. At the heart of Douglas' remit with us is the issue of responsible business and how organisations can rebuild bridges into society at a time when public trust is low.
Mr Alexander said: "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work further with Pinsent Masons. The firm has a reputation for innovation not just in how it serves its clients, but in how it strives to deliver positive change in the global communities in which it operates."