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Edwards Duthie Shamash

Work Department

Civil Litigation and Election Law




Gerald qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and in 1981 founded Steel & Shamash, which merged with Edwards Duthie in 2019.

He heads up Edwards Duthie Shamash’s Parliamentary, Electoral and Media Law practice.

Gerald has acted as solicitor to the Labour Party since 1990, and is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent specialists on electoral law in the United Kingdom: Edwards Duthie Shamash is one of only four law firms nationwide ranked in the top tier for election law by the Legal 500. Gerald also represents politicians and other high profile clients in major media and privacy litigation.

Gerald is a veteran practitioner in media disputes in the High Court, and has represented many politicians, celebrities, business leaders and other high profile clients as either claimants or defendants in the law of defamation (libel/slander). He also advises clients on privacy laws, including the common law torts of breach of confidence and misuse of private information.

Gerald has been heavily involved in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception Litigation following the phone-hacking scandal relating to the historic conduct of journalists at News Group Newspapers, and has acted for a number of high profile clients in that litigation including Alastair Campbell, Paul Gascoigne, Ted Beckham, Neil & Christine Hamilton and David Mills as well as Lord Jeffrey and Dame Mary Archer, securing substantial damages settlements. Gerald also successfully represented Alan Yentob and Paul Gascoigne in claims of Phone Hacking against the Mirror Group Newspapers  He has also played a leading role in the strategic decision-making of the claimant group in the litigation.

Gerald acts for both claimants and defendants in defamation actions, and recent clients include Rt. Hon John Healey MP, Sarah Champion MP and Sir Kevin Barron MP, who Gerald represented in their successful defamation case against UKIP MEP Jane Collins.

Gerald is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the country in the very niche area of election law. He has extensive knowledge of all aspects of electoral law, including the regulation of candidates and the regime of corrupt and illegal practices under the Representation of the People Act 1983, and the regulation of registered parties under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

Gerald has been involved in a number of the leading electoral law cases including R v Fiona Jones (1999), Ahmed v Kennedy (2003), Knight v Nicholls (2004) and the Slough Election Petition. He also represented former minister Phil Woolas MP who  lost his Oldham and Saddleworth parliamentary seat following an election court challenge by the Lib Dem candidate Elwyn Watkins.

Gerald advised and represented members and officers of The Labour Party throughout the police investigation into “cash for honours” and election funding and throughout the police enquiry into the Parliamentary expenses scandal.

He advises both national and local politicians on standards in Parliament and local government, including the register of members’ interests and before the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. He has represented The Labour Party on Parliamentary and local government boundary reviews and at ministerial meetings and conferences.

As solicitor to the Labour Party, Gerald acts for both the National Executive Committee and the National Constitutional Committee on disciplinary matters and giving general advice.


  • Trustee of the Hansard Society (2001-present)
  • Vice–chair of the Society of Labour Lawyers
  • Visiting Professor of Public and Constitutional Law at the University of Derby 2012 – 2015
  • Chairman of the Manchester United Supporters Trust (2012- present)


In addition to acting as the Labour Party’s solicitor, Gerald has been an active member of the party for over half a century, including eight years representing Labour as a local councillor, and serving as a parliamentary candidate in the 1979 general election,.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Electoral

(Hall of Fame)

Gerald ShamashSteel & Shamash

Edwards Duthie Shamash‘s broad practice covers all matters pertaining to electoral law, including high-stakes and highly sensitive litigation. The team ‘has an encyclopaedic knowledge of matters such as local government law, judicial reviews, advice to shadow ministers, reputation management, and public inquiries. The firm is a longstanding adviser to the Labour party and acts for a number of key party figures. Senior partner Gerald Shamash‘s extensive experience mean he is viewed by clients as ‘unrivalled‘ in the market. Other key names in the team include Frances Randle , who acts as the Labour Party’s local government solicitor and is experienced in all areas of administrative, local government, and planning law, and  Kevin Bonavia , whose experience includes acting for clients in matters in the High Court.