In a move that will stun “Conspiracy Bears” the newest Rangers director Laurence Lumb has links to Harper MacLeod which has long been viewed as the handmaiden of Nemesis by the Ibrox Faithful.
Of course the crazed fantasy web of conspiracy spun by Rangers supporters has meant that anyone with even a tenuous connection to the Glasgow Law Firm is viewed by blue fanatics as an enemy and person of interest and subjected to vile abuse.
Laurence Lumb is the brand-new director of ‘Rangers Football Plc’ which was incorporated on 16 November 2012. He is a partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP based at Vine Street, in London, and also a director of FFW Secretaries Ltd, of the same address – listed as director and secretary to the new Rangers Plc.
He is a partner in the firm’s corporate group and his practice covers mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and corporate finance. He has, according to his firm’s website, acted for many clients on the various stages of their financing, from raising start-up capital to venture capital funding. In addition, he advises clients in insolvency-related situations, including advice to directors on their duties and responsibilities.
People who have viewed Mr Lumb’s Linkedin profile have also viewed entries of a Harper MacLeod partner and also a senior employee of the firm. But what will interest those seeking any kind of link to the SPL (Nemesis) is his links to two Harper MacLeod groups.
Harper Macleod has a strong reputation and considerable experience in dealing with high growth companies and helping them to grow into successful businesses and their High Growth Group aims to share insights, encourage discussion and increase awareness and understanding of the issues and challenges facing high growth companies.
We all know the challenges and difficulties which lie ahead for newco Plc Rangers and it’s really good news to know that a top Scottish legal firm’s expertise could be right at the heart of the thinking of the new Rangers director.
Mr Lumb also has a link to Harper Macleod’s Family-Owned Business Sector Group and as Rangers really is such a ‘family’ I feel sure the Harper Macleod acknowledged expertise in that field coupled with the unique issues such businesses can face could also be invaluable to the new Plc director especially with the spats within the ‘family’ over share purchase and fan directorships. That might be beyond Harper MacLeod’s expertise though as I don’t know if they do marital splits and reconciliation work.
But it’s generally really great news for Rangers supporters that their main man in the new Plc could have a trusted body of local legal experts to call upon if he needs any assistance to carry out his role.
However, one fly in the ointment, not with regard to Mr Lumb in any way but with the company FFW LLP is a wee article they have on their website dealing with jail, injuries and compensation for professional footballers.
In discussing non-footballing penalties dished out to players they state: ‘The most severe punishment was handed out to Duncan Ferguson in 1994 in a match between Glasgow Rangers v Raith Rovers, where Ferguson head butted John McStay. He managed to avoid a red card but was subsequently sentenced to three months in prison’.
Just shows you how time flies but I had forgotten all about that and I wonder is that still a Scottish, UK or even World Record? Still I’m sure that the matter is in good hands with Mr Lumb as he is really into ‘History’ having studied it for three years at Cambridge and might even become involved in the future re-writing of Rangers history if the SPL is indeed Nemesis.
As to the actual Plc incorporation there is almost no information supplied although it is stated that there are no charges against the company and the nature of business isn’t stated although the address is given as Ibrox Stadium.
The Statement of Capital shows only £1 subscriber share issued to FFW Secretaries Ltd. There is no mention of the 22+ million shares which have been paid for and issued to the original consortium shareholders.
So we are still unclear as to which company these shares belong to although there is no sign of the SH01 form being lodged at Companies House under ‘The Rangers Football Club Ltd’ which still only shows the original 2 x £1 Subscriber Shares.
According to Companies House records Imran Ahmad, the Managing Director of Zeus Capital is still listed as a director of ‘The Rangers Football Club Ltd’ despite the apparently mistaken appearance he was being ‘airbrushed’ from the Rangers ‘history’. If he had resigned documentation requires to be filed with Companies House but as that hasn’t happened he may well still be a director of the company.
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