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FROM PEST CONTROL VIA CIVIL SERVICE TO LAW ASSOCIATE.

AN entomologist who worked as a speech writer for former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard has joined a regional legal practice in an expansion of its employment law team.

A solicitor for the past 16 years, Aidan Loy spent a number of years at the heart of government, working in the Cabinet Office and the Department of Employment.

He also spent some time based at the British Embassy in Paris after being seconded to the French government.

Born in Felling, Loy earlier studied zoology at Durham University then tropical entomology at Imperial College London, prior to working in pest control in Zambia and later for Rentokil in the UK.

"I'd always harboured thoughts of studying law, so after the Civil Service I took a sabbatical for two years then trained with a firm in Sheffield, where I set up an employment law department," he explained.

He went on to establish his own legal practice specialising in employment law based in London and Sheffield before joining BHP Law as an associate.

Loy has joined fellow associate Paul Hargreaves in the firm's employment department based in Newcastle but operating originally across BHP's other offices including Durham, Darlington, Stockton, York and Halifax.

BHP Law's managing partner John Pratt said: "Aidan has had a fascinating career.

"Since then he has run his own company, so his experience of how employment law impacts on businesses and individuals is vast and will be a real asset to the firm."

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 27, 2013
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