Edwards Duthie Shamash have acted for the Labour Party since 1990.

The Labour Party has set up a service for its’ councillors providing legal advice. All members of the Association of Labour Councillors are entitled to contact the Local Government lawyer by phone post or email in the first instance through a hotline, and will receive a response to each separate query raised.

The Scheme is funded through a levy to the Association of Labour Councillors. Members may be able to receive further advice and/or representation, in exceptional circumstances depending upon the case.

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An electoral law powerhouse, providing regular and ongoing support to the Labour Party. Electoral expertise is complemented by a solid public policy practice. It is closely involved in the legislative developments concerning electoral law reform.

The practice is advisory, with a capacity for representing clients in contentious matters (Chambers and Partners 2014). The firm is truly expert in its areas of specialism and the team has excellent relationships with its clients, with knowledge of their requirements and constraints (Chambers and Partners 2014).

Edwards Duthie Shamash has a deep relationship with the Labour Party and advises it and its key individuals on election matters, in addition to providing regular and more general legal support. The firm currently advises various clients on electoral expenses irregularities, the Levenson inquiry and the forthcoming elections for police commissioners.

Electoral law expertise within the practice is complemented by regular public law and information law activity, as well as engagement in the public policy sphere (Chambers and Partners 2013) Edwards Duthie Shamash’s ‘experienced’ team is a long-term adviser to the Labour Party. ‘Leader in the field’ Gerald Shamash advises Labour on a range of issues including disciplinary and contentious matters, and boundary reviews.

Edwards Duthie Shamash has ‘considerable skill and expertise’ and is firm of choice for the Labour Party… (The Legal 500 2013 London: Public Sector: Electoral) ‘Excellent on all counts’, Edwards Duthie Shamash handles a range of work for the Labour Party and its members… (The Legal 500 2013 Public Affairs)

Refer queries NOT relevant to the local government legal hotline as follows:

  • Membership enquiries to 08705 900 200
  • Election Law. Party’s Legal and Constitutional unit on 020 7802 1498
  • Interpretation of rules or standing orders to the party’s Legal and Constitutional Unit on 020 7802 1376
  • Local government matters relating to group returns, subscriptions, publications, training and events, to the party’s local government unit on 020 7802 1358 or 1356 or councillors@new.labour.org.uk.
  • Party discipline or disputes, or selections for local government to your regional office or the Scottish or Welsh Labour Party office (addresses below)

97 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JZ.
Tel: 01473 228700 Fax: 01473 228710
Email: eastern@new.labour.org.uk

East Midlands
Harold Wilson House, 23 Barratt Lane, Attenborough, Nottingham, NG9 6AD.
Tel: 0115 943 1777 Fax: 0115 943 1888
Email: eastmidlands@new.labour.org.uk

Greater London
16 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP
Tel: 020 7802 1170 Fax: 020 7802 1266
Email: london@new.labour.org.uk

Eldon House, Regent Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 3PW
Tel. 0191 246 5000 Fax 0191 257 0011
Email: north@new.labour.org.uk
Website: www.labour-north.org.uk

North West
St James’ Court, Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington WA4 6PS.
Tel: 01925 574913 Fax: 01925 234655
Email: northwest@new.labour.org.uk

John Smith House, 145 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RE.
Tel: 0141 572 6900 Fax: 0141 572 2566
Email: scotland@new.labour.org.uk

South East
St Giles House, 10 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SD.
Tel: 0118 959 5326 Fax: 0118 959 5962
Email: southeast@new.labour.org.uk

South West
1 Newfoundland Court, Newfoundland Street, Bristol BS2 9AP.
Tel: 0117 942 1900 Fax: 0117 924 6799
Email: southwest@new.labour.org.uk

Transport House, 1 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HA.
Tel: 02920 877700 Fax: 02920 221153
Email address: wales@new.labour.org.uk

West Midlands
Terry Duffy House, Thomas Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 6NT
Tel: 0121 569 1900 Fax: 0121 569 1936
Email: westmidlands@new.labour.org.uk

Yorkshire and the Humber
20-22 Cheapside, Wakefield, W Yorkshire WF1 2TF.
Tel: 01924 291221 Fax: 01924 290098
Email: yorkshire@new.labour.org.uk

Call us now on 020 8514 9000 to speak in confidence with one of our Local Government lawyers.

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