David Cameron lobbying row: Boris Johnson orders independent review into Greensill Capital

It will also look into Mr Cameron’s role as part of a review of the way the contracts were handed out and the discussions between Government ministers, officials and the company’s “representatives”.

No 10 said the probe will be carried out by Nigel Boardman, a top business lawyer who is a non-executive board member at the Department for Business.

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said the Cabinet Office was commissioning the review “on behalf of” Mr Johnson.

He said: “The Cabinet Office is commissioning an independent review on behalf of the Prime Minister to establish the development and use of Supply Chain Finance and associated activities in government, and the role Greensill played in those.

“As you know there is  significant interest in this matter, so the PM has called for the review to ensure Government is completely transparent about such activities, and that the public can see for themselves if good value was secured for taxpayers money. 

“This independent review will also look at how contracts were secured and how business representatives, engaged with government. It will be led by legal expert Nigel Boardman and the Cabinet Office will probably set out more formal details later on.”

Mr Boardman has been a partner at Slaughter and May since 1982. He is a Vice-President for Save the Children UK, Deputy Chair of the British Museum and a member of their Audit and Risk Committee.

Among  accolades he was awarded the Financial Times’ Special Achievement Award and the Lawyer of the Decade Award from Financial News.

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