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A former lawyer himself, Leach has recently added another former advocate to his team, giving it the cross-jurisdictional savoir-faire to deal with an extradition case, a fraud case playing out across Asia, the US and the Middle East, and a major Middle Eastern financial services dispute. He’s also set up academies to teach young professional footballers, teenage HNWs, the mores needed to be media-savvy.
PR has never been more international, he says, using the example of the mining, oil and gas and logistic sectors: ‘All of those operate in potentially difficult regions but have reputations to protect, not just
in that region but in other areas where they have investors,
where they’re trying to raise funds, build capital or relations and business. What is a limited region? You drop a pebble in a pond and the ripples go everywhere — that’s the world we’re living in now.’
One example of that is the reputational hot potato of politically exposed persons (PEPs). He says labelling his clients as such can lead to extraditions or arrests but ‘that needs to be challenged — clients are often entitled to protection for human rights reasons’.
Away from the office, Leach works out in the boxing ring and is looking forward to his wedding.