Tughans: Ian Coulter hired Gareth Robinson

The logo of NAMA
The logo of NAMA

The law firm at the centre of the NAMA allegations has confirmed that it hired Peter Robinson’s son – but said that it only did so once three years ago.

Tughans said that Gareth Robinson’s PR firm Verbatim Communications was hired “on one occasion in 2012 at the request of Ian Coulter to manage a client event at Queen’s University’s business school”.

Mr Robinson – whose highly unusual PR firm appears to have no office, a single-page website and a phone number which is not answered – could not be contacted yesterday.

Mr Robinson would still have been a DUP councillor in Castlereagh at the time of the work for Tughans. Mr Robinson was the last of the family to leave Castlereagh council in January 2013.

There is no suggestion of anything improper in the arrangement.

Meanwhile, Tughans has welcomed the finance committee’s inquiry and said it “looks forward” to attending to give evidence.

The leading Belfast law firm also said that it will cooperate fully with any PSNI inquiry and “intends to contact the PSNI at the earliest opportunity”.