Political Litigation

Politics and Law

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

With a long history of involvement in public causes and legal affairs, advising on the relationship between politics and the law is part of Mishcon de Reya's DNA.

The firm's founder, Lord Mishcon, a renowned lawyer and member of Labour’s front bench in the House of Lords, made his mark in international and domestic affairs, as a trusted emissary during the first informal conversations that resulted in the Jordan-Israel peace treaty of 1994; in Parliament, as an incisive spokesman on legal affairs and public causes; and as a lawyer through the wise counsel he offered his clients.

We continue this tradition of guiding, advising and supporting our clients in navigating legal issues with a political angle, in a constantly changing landscape. The work we do comprises political disputes and public advocacy, and has led to us building connections in government, with policy makers, political parties and activists. This extensive network means that we have the ability to identify practical and inventive solutions to help our clients address the issues they face.

As a firm, we are politically independent and therefore do not take a political position.

Our work

We offer the following services: (i) advising on disputes with a political angle including holding state authorities to account; (ii) engaging with regulators on political topics; and (iii) public advocacy and advisory work, including specific purpose-driven insights.

Our broad experience in advising on political disputes encompasses issues of policy in political parties, challenging public bodies in the UK and internationally, upholding the UK's constitution, human rights, and defending those who are the subject of politically motivated persecution.

In particular, we have acted for individuals and non-governmental organisations in judicial review claims, including in two of the most high profile judicial reviews in recent times, for Gina Miller.  Our work also spans advising members of political parties unfairly targeted for sanction or abuse, defending politically motivated extradition requests, and acting for individuals or groups whose human rights have been breached.

We act for individuals and organisations in relation to high profile investigations by public bodies and Parliamentary committees that are often linked to key issues of the day.  We advise both the subjects of investigations and those seeking to achieve change and assert their rights through the assistance of regulatory bodies.  Our work includes acting for the Jewish Labour Movement in relation to the investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party, acting for clients in relation to issues raised before the Charities Commission and advising in relation to attendances before Parliamentary committees.

We are experienced in helping those who are seeking to input into policy, engage with government decision makers or change the law. Navigating the world of Westminster, Whitehall, the plethora of public bodies and the media, our success in this area is because we know how to make the right arguments, to the right people at the right time. Our approach is to generate an evidence base using economic, consumer and political research as a platform for engagement with the media, government, regulators and the wider policy community.

In our political consultancy work, we also work closely with Mishcon Purpose to combine specialist advice and purpose-driven insight to help clients seeking to contribute to the shaping of government policy.

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