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With a political career spanning almost 40 years, Lord Francis Maude has held a number of high profile government positions, including as shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, shadow Foreign Secretary, and Conservative Party Chairman. He was Minister for Europe under Margaret Thatcher, negotiated the arrangements for the European Single Market, and was a signatory to the Maastricht Treaty. More recently, he was Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster-General, and then Minister for Trade and Investment. Lord Maude was elevated to the House of Lords in May 2015.

As part of Covington’s Public Policy group and Covington’s Brexit Task Force, Lord Maude, who qualified as a barrister in 1977, forms part of a key panel of senior advisors guiding clients through the evolving post-Brexit vote landscape.

Lord Maude practiced as a lawyer at the criminal Bar until 1985; and was subsequently a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley from 1993-1997. Since leaving the UK Government in 2016 he has advised other governments on efficiency, public sector reform, digitisation and open government. He draws on all this experience to advise Covington’s clients on UK and European business and trade issues.