Former Bell Pottinger partners seeking legal advice regarding the future


Former partners in public relations firm Bell Pottinger, Victoria Geoghegan and Nick Lambert, are reportedly seeking legal advice relating to their removal from the firm.

The pair were forced to leave the firm following a review by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills which brought evidence to light that had "dismayed" former chief executive officer James Henderson.

They had been involved in work on the Gupta-owned Oakbay account.

"At various points throughout the tenure of the Oakbay account, senior management have been misled about what has been done," Henderson said in a statement released in July.

"Much of what has been alleged about our work is, we believe, not true – but enough of it is to be of deep concern," he said.

Henderson has since then, fallen on his sword and resigned from the firm following the United Kingdom's Public Relations and Communications Association's decision to expel the firm and the House of Lords condemning their conduct as "completely unacceptable".

According to UK-based the Evening Standard, Geoghegan and Lambert confirmed that they were assessing their legal options. The publication reported that the pair had approached the firm the late Princess Diana used to represent her during her divorce in 1995.

Geoghegan, however, told the paper that she had not yet decided on what action to take.

The paper also reported that Geoghegan, who is eight months pregnant, has been on the receiving end of most of the abuse from online trolls, as well as being described by some media outlets as the "face of evil".