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‚ÄėOne of the best election law firms‚Äô, Bates Wells Braithwaite¬†has an outstanding track record advising on elections, referendums and parliamentary affairs with experts in constitutional, commercial and media law being able to advise across the political spectrum. It continues to advise the Cabinet Office and Lord Hodgson on the Independent Statutory Review into the regulation of non-party campaigning in respect of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, as amended by the controversial Lobbying Act. It also continues to provide a range of advice to 38 Degrees on its campaigning activity. Other clients include Britain Stronger in Europe, the Green Party, the National Union of Students and the Trade Union Congress. Simon Steeden¬†and Rosamund McCarthy¬†co-head the team and Melanie Carter¬†and Jessica Collings¬†are key team members who ‚Äėare both excellent solicitors - creative, hardworking and imaginative.‚Äô

Historically K&L Gates LLP has advised candidates for membership of UK Parliaments, the European Parliament as well as mayoral and local elections. Head of the team, Piers Coleman has some decades of experience advising political parties, election candidates and Returning Officers and Christine Braamskamp is also noted for her expertise assisting electoral candidates and advising on Electoral Commission investigations. It has advised the Liberal Democrats for many years, since its merger with the SDP. Recently it advised on remedies available to several candidates in connection with dealing with the Electoral Commission. It has also advised an MP on the controversial issue of having his Parliamentary election declared void.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is acknowledged primarily for advising Returning Officers and their teams on the complex procedural requirements connected with running elections and referendums and also advises on the application of technology to elections, including electronic vote counting. It has advised on a number of high-profile matters including a case concerning a challenge to an election result based on the fact that people could not vote due to long queues. Work of late includes assisting a campaigning client with an investigation carried out by the Electoral Commission into an alleged breach of spending limits at elections and advised another client on alleged electoral offences. The team advises a number of councils including the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council. The senior practitioners Alastair Lewis and  Emyr Thomas have decades of experience across all aspects of electoral law.

Steel & Shamash¬†'is an outstanding firm in this area with unparalleled knowledge and expertise.‚Äô Its exceptional breadth of experience covers not only election law but also Parliamentary boundary inquiries, judicial reviews,¬† Standards Board and Adjudication Tribunal matters and the Parliamentary rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament.¬†Gerald Shamash,¬†who is reported to have ‚Äėan encyclopaedic knowledge of election law and also draws on experience in a wide range of other litigation‚Äô has been advising the Labour Party for 27 years and is steeped in election law including high-profile postal vote fraud matters. He is also dealing with a number of cases concerning the MPs expenses controversy. Frances Randle¬†is noted for her local government expertise.

At Manleys Solicitors, James Roochove  acts for Conservative MPs, candidates and election agents who were under police investigations concerning expenses returns and has also represented MPs on various other types of expenses irregularities.  Consultant lawyer Nama Zarroug has noted expertise assisting clients in the political arena on criminal and fraud defences.

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