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Bates Wells is considered a 'go-to' firm for electoral and campaigning laws, and practice co-head Simon Steeden is highlighted for his all-round expertise and ability to guide clients through the legalities of running campaigns and the make up of new political groups. Rosamund McCarthy co-heads the elections, politics and campaigning team, and her work has included advising the designated lead campaign group for a remain vote in the EU referendum. Melanie Carter heads the public and regulatory group, advising on areas such as electoral law rules relating to non-party campaigning and acting for a candidate for the London mayoral elections. Associate Jessica Collings' work takes in electoral law and lobbying regulations, where she also handles contentious work, investigations and judicial reviews. The team also advises on the interface between digital campaigning and the current electoral law system.

Practice head(s):Simon Steeden; Rosamund McCarthy

Other key lawyers:Melanie Carter; Jessica Collings

Testimonials

'The Bates Wells team is widely acknowledged as being the go-to firm for public sector and charity law issues. Their expertise and knowledge is reliable and this is because of their vast experience in this area.'

'Simon Steeden is a real expert on campaigning and electoral law in the UK. Simon has done  a lot of pro bono work too and did not hesitate to lend his expertise to the broader social sector by leading a team to produce a series of campaigning guides to help activists understand how to run campaigns legally.'

Key Clients

Green Party for England and Wales

Avaaz

38 Degrees

SumOfUs

Compliance Officer for the Independent

Standards Authority

Thomson Reuters

Unbound Philanthropy

Student Union of Bournemouth University

Work highlights

  • Continuing advice to the Green Party on a range of matters including its planned incorporation, governance and party rules.
  • Retained by SumOfUs to advise as to planned and reactive campaigning against multinational  corporations and proposed political and legal change.
  • Advised the compliance officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on expenses claimed by an MP and relating to party political and electoral material.
  • Advising the Thomson Reuters Foundation charity on drafting a suite of guidelines on campaigning and activism to be published by the TrustLaw programme.
  • Providing assistance to Unbound Philanthropy in creating accessible guidance relating to campaigning and election law and grants funding political activity.

Edwards Duthie Shamash's deep expertise in election law is part of a broader practice that takes in areas including parliamentary boundary inquiries, parliamentary rules relating to the conduct of MPs, and reputation management. The well-known Gerald Shamash has huge experience of the political and electoral landscapes and is a long-standing adviser to the Labour Party. He also advises Labour councillors in connection with various inquiries. Frances Randle is the Labour Party’s local government solicitor, which includes work for the Labour Party in Scotland.

Practice head(s):Gerald Shamash

Other key lawyers:Frances Randle

Key Clients

The Labour Party

Of late, the team at K&L Gates LLP has been assisting election candidates and political officials in respect of issues with the Electoral Commission, the Information Commissioner's Office and the police. It is also advising many campaigning groups in relation to Brexit. Piers Coleman has vast experience  advising campaigning groups and individuals, including in relation to investigations, and Dylan Moses specialises in electoral fraud and investigations in addition to white-collar crime matters. Associate Rosie Naylor assists in these matters, which include some high-profile cases involving challenges to parliamentary and local mayoral elections.

Practice head(s):Piers Coleman

Other key lawyers:Dylan Moses; Rosie Naylor

Testimonials

'They provide high-quality expertise, and are very user friendly.'

'Piers Coleman has huge experience and expertise in this niche field.'

Key Clients

Liberal Democrats

Councillor Steve Jones

Various candidates for election

Various campaigning groups

Sharpe Pritchard LLP's specialist work includes advising on the complexities of  running elections and referendums and investigations carried out by the Electoral Commission. Senior advisers Alastair Lewis and Emyr Thomas are parliamentary agents and have decades of experience across all aspects of electoral law.

Practice head(s):Alastair Lewis

Other key lawyers:Emyr Thomas

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