Strategic communications agency DRD Partnership appoints Jon McLeod as a Partner

Appointment will cement firm’s unique strength in litigation PR and see launch of competition and anti-trust practice

DRD Partnership, the strategic communications firm, has announced the appointment of Jon McLeod, 55, as a Partner, with effect from July.

McLeod, previously a Partner and Head of Public Affairs at Brunswick Group, and Chairman at Weber Shandwick, is currently part of the leadership team that recently delivered the launch of the new banking sector ombudsman, the Business Banking Resolution Service.

The move means that DRD will have three individuals who have been ranked as notable practitioners in Chambers’ authoritative guide to the best litigation PR agencies, with McLeod now working alongside Partner Kate Miller and DRD founder Claire Davidson.

Bringing connections across political parties, the law and industry sectors, McLeod will combine over 25 years’ experience in public affairs with particular knowledge on the burgeoning range of communications challenges arising from competition and anti-trust matters, where he has worked alongside leading legal firms in a wide range of transactions and investigations.

The launch of DRD Partnership’s competition and anti-trust practice comes after the recent appointment of solicitor Ed Bowie, who has joined the firm as an Associate from law firm Fieldfisher. There, he worked in its Public Law and Regulatory team specialising in advising clients on complex judicial review claims against government, and in responding to investigations from regulators, including the Competition and Markets Authority, where he previously worked as a lawyer.

Commenting on the move, DRD’s Chair, Alasdair Douglas, said:

“We welcome Jon McLeod as a highly-regarded practitioner, whom our clients will be able to turn to for guidance based on his long experience of advising at the highest level in political, legal and commercial environments.

“The launch of our Competition and Anti-Trust discipline will sit alongside our clear and established specialisms in litigation communications, now reinforced, and in public affairs, where we have senior bench strength.”

Jon McLeod said:

“For the technology and digital sectors in particular, the competition and anti-trust environment is presenting an increasing range of shifting challenges. Building in a structured and disciplined approach to communications and engagement alongside legal support is critical to client success.

“I look forward to deploying this new practice at DRD alongside its existing and established strengths in litigation communications and public affairs, where I hope to be able to apply my experience for the benefit of DRD’s clients.”

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About DRD Partnership

Our approach combines the deep experience of our senior partner team with rigorous analysis and interrogation of issues. This is to ensure that our programmes deliver meaningful impact.

DRD’s partners have held senior roles in government, the law, international corporations, charities and leading public affairs consultancies. Therefore, combining our insight of relevant institutions with our experience of engaging stakeholders and delivering campaigns across the globe ensures that, when clients have only one chance to get things right, we are consistently able to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.

Our offer

DRD’s client offer is divided into three distinct practice strengths:

Legal & crisis

  • Providing advice and support to clients facing challenging and complex situations
  • Working alongside lawyers and their clients in the communication of disputes and issues
  • Promoting legal organisations and the law


  • Shaping regulated environments through the use of targeted communications
  • Managing the communications aspects of competition and anti-trust situations

Public affairs

  • Safeguarding businesses’ and organisations’ licence to operate through political engagement
  • Building trust and credibility in clients facing public policy impacts

Further information

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DRD Partnership
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+44 (0) 7767 351 433 (Claire Davidson)

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