Off the hook: UK case opposed to Bell Pottinger companions fascinated about Gupta PR crusade dropped

Off the hook: UK case opposed to Bell Pottinger companions fascinated about Gupta PR crusade dropped

Off the hook: UK case opposed to Bell Pottinger companions fascinated about Gupta PR crusade dropped

A Cosatu member holds a placard in march opposed to corruption and state seize in September 2017 in Durban.

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  • The United Kingdom’s Insolvency Provider has halted criminal motion opposed to 3 ex-Bell Pottinger companions.
  • The 3 have been a part of the PR company’s disastrous crusade to take a look at to defend the Gupta circle of relatives from grievance. 
  • Bell Pottinger collapsed in past due 2017 when different shoppers abandoned it as a result of its Gupta-related paintings. 
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A bid to carry 3 ex-partners of fallen PR large Bell Pottinger chargeable for its disastrous crusade for the Gupta circle of relatives in SA has been closed.

The United Kingdom Insolvency Provider has stated it’ll not pursue a case to have former companions James Henderson, Victoria Geoghegan and Nick Lambert disqualified from performing as corporate administrators.

“We’ve discontinued the administrators disqualification motion introduced opposed to 3 former participants and administrators of Bell Pottinger LLP and Bell Pottinger Non-public Restricted,” a spokesperson stated, including: 

The Insolvency Provider assists in keeping all its circumstances underneath common evaluation to make sure we’re handing over the most productive results for the general public, and the verdict was once made that it was once not within the public passion to continue with this declare.

The provider began criminal complaints opposed to Henderson, Geoghegan and Lambert – who’re all nonetheless within the PR trade – in 2020. Its preliminary disqualification declare argued that the habits of the 3 at the Gupta account “contributed partly to the failure of Bell Pottinger” and taken the PR trade in the United Kingdom into disrepute.

Henderson, who served as Bell Pottinger’s CEO when it was once operating with Gupta-owned Oakbay Investments, additionally showed the case were shelved. He declined to remark additional.


The storied UK-headquartered recognition control company collapsed in September 2017, simply months after emails between it and the Gupta circle of relatives have been launched as a part of the #GuptaLeaks

They confirmed how Bell Pottinger workforce, together with Geoghegan and Lambert, crafted a PR method to defend the Gupta circle of relatives from allegations of corruption via claiming grievance was once a part of a racist plot to undermine financial transformation.

The emails galvanised civil society to name for motion opposed to the corporate. As shoppers began to abandon it, Bell Pottinger was once probed and temporarily expelled from the United Kingdom’s major PR trade frame for doing paintings that was once more likely to “inflame racial discord”.

It was once positioned into management in September 2017 and liquidated two years later. 

The time period “Bell Pottinger,” in the meantime, was a byword in SA for ham-fisted makes an attempt to skew public opinion via the use of all of the darkish arts of PR.   

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