Elections and Democratic Services

Dealing with elections and campaigning can be a highly complex business. For instance there can be issues over candidate selection, ensuring campaign materials comply with the rigid rules and dealing with electoral offences.

How can Thorntons help?

We can advise individuals, political parties, campaign organisations, Electoral Registration Officers and Returning Officers. Some of the wide range of topics that we are able to provide advice on include:

  • Challenging candidate selection and candidate de-selection processes
  • Advice and representation in relation to electoral offences including bribery, treating, electoral fraud, postal vote manipulation, intimidation, multiple voting, false statements or breach of the secrecy of the ballot
  • Advising political parties and campaign organisations on campaign spending limits and donations
  • Advising on the right to vote and challenging refusals to register an individual
  • Challenging election results
  • Drafting election petitions and conducting cases in the Registration Appeal Court
  • Assisting with the registration of new political parties

Key Contacts

Jamie

Jamie Kerr
Partner

+44 1382 229111
jkerr@thorntons-law.co.uk

Graeme

Graeme Dickson
Associate

+44 1382 346224
gdickson@thorntons-law.co.uk

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Our Local Offices

We have offices across Scotland, offering legal advice and property services

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Dundee

+44(0)1382 229111

Anstruther

+44(0)1333 314395

Arbroath

+44(0)1241 872683

Cupar

+44(0)1334 652285

Edinburgh

+44(0)131 225 8705

Forfar

+44(0)1307 466886

Kirkcaldy

+44(0)1592 268608

Montrose

+44(0)1674 673444

Perth

+44(0)1738 621212

St Andrews

+44(0)1334 477107

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