Your client is planning an event in the Houses of Parliament. You suggest a prominent journalist to host the event, making the case that the journalist is well qualified in that particular area, would make a valuable contribution to the debate, and would draw the right sort of people to attend, particularly as he is also a member of the House of Lords. The client suggests that the journalist be compensated for his time in hosting the event.
The Code does not rule against clients making such payments themselves. However, it does state that such payments cannot be made on behalf of a consultant by a third party. Advising a client to make such a payment could be construed in this way. Care must be exercised in advising clients to follow a course of action that, if taken by the consultancy, would be in breach of the Code.