City firms snap up ex-ministers for consultancy roles


Former attorney general Geoffrey Cox QC has joined City firm Withers as a consultant, while Baroness Morgan (Nicky Morgan) is to work with Travers Smiths’ technology team in high-profile politicians’ returns to the legal sector announced today. 

In his new role as consultant global counsel, Cox will work with Withers’ international arbitration and public law team on developing client relationships around the world. He will advise private and overseas government clients on international commercial litigation, fraud disputes, international arbitrations and public international law matters.

Geoffrey Cox QC

Cox, who was replaced as attorney general by Suella Braverman in February, will continue to practise as a barrister at Thomas More Chambers while working at Withers.

Meanwhile Morgan, who was a solicitor at Travers Smith from 2002 to 2010, has rejoined the firm as a consultant in its technology sector group. Morgan was appointed to the House of Lords in January and formerly served as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.

Baroness Morgan (Nicky Morgan)

Peter Wood, chief executive of Withers’ dispute resolution division, said: ‘We are delighted to have Geoffrey joining us in this consultative role. As a lawyer he has an outstanding track record in core areas for us such as civil litigation, regulatory matters, fraud disputes, international arbitrations and investment disputes and in advising overseas governments. What’s more, his experience at the sharp end in government will be invaluable to us and to our clients when strategic advice is required.’

Travers Smith’s senior partner Kathleen Russ said: ‘We are seeing an increasing demand from clients for our assistance on of the key legal, risk and regulatory issues across a broad spectrum of technology trends, such as fintech, AI, data protection, data breaches and tech investments. Nicky’s substantial legal expertise, coupled with her in-depth understanding of the technology sector and knowledge of the current policy and political landscape, will enable us to further enhance the support we provide to clients at a time of both increasing scrutiny and regulation, as well as new opportunities for business growth in the sector.’

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