Political due diligence adviser GK hires ex-Lib Dem minister David Laws

GK Strategy, the political due diligence consultancy, has brought in former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister David Laws as a strategic adviser.

Laws will advise GK and its clients on economic policy and across a range of sectors, including education and pensions.

Laws was a key player in the formation of the 2010 coalition government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. He held a range of senior positions in government, including as chief secretary to the Treasury, minister of state for schools and minister of state in the Cabinet Office.

Laws joined parliament in 2001 as MP for Yeovil and has also worked in banking, with spells at J.P. Morgan and Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

GK was formed in 2008 by Robin Grainger and Luke Kennedy to offer political due diligence services to mid-market private equity firms for transactions in highly regulated markets. The company has since expanded its offering to include communications consulting and digital communications and due diligence services.