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The New Scottish Lobbying Act: Enforcement is coming

Tue 15th May 2018

Edinburgh, Hanover Housing Conference Centre

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Scotland’s new Lobbying Register will come into force on the 12th March 2018. From this date all regulated lobbying in Scotland, as defined in the Lobbying (Scotland) Act, must be registered on Scotland's new Lobbying Register. This conference explains the Lobbying Act, examines what can be learned from the first months of its operation and helps you prepare to be compliant before, during and after talking to any of Scotland's elected members or officials covered by the new law.

The Act means that organisations and individuals covered by the Act which have discussions about any of a range of Scottish Government or parliamentary activities with a Member of the Scottish Parliament, a Scottish Government Minister, a Scottish Government Special Adviser or the Permanent Secretary will be covered by the legislation. This includes circumstances when individuals working for such organisations may meet elected members or officials informally or unexpectedly. 

Do you know what activities are covered by the Act and what you will need to do to become and remain compliant with it? This conference is timed to take place in the weeks following the date on which the Lobbying Register comes into force, focusing on early experiences and lessons being learned in complying with the Act and Register.

The conference will explain:

  • What we can learn from the first weeks of the Lobbying Register being in force
  • What activities are covered by the Lobbying Act
  • How organisations and individuals are included in the Act and in what circumstances
  • What registration is required and what information returns need to be undertaken to remain compliant
  • Which communications are exempt from the law
  • The new offences and fines created under the Act
  • Who needs to be aware of activities which count as lobbying under the Act - both organisations and individuals within them


Lynda Gauld

Director, Baccus Consulting - Conference Chair

Billy McLaren

Lobbying Registrar, The Scottish Parliament

Kirsty Peebles

Director, newsdirect

Lynda Towers

Partner, Morton Fraser

Callum Chomczuk

Convenor, ASPA (Association for Scottish Public Affairs) and Deputy Director, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland

Peter Duncan

Director, Message Matters

Caroline Wilson

Professional Support Lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Susan Lowes

Policy and Public Affairs Manager - Scotland, Marie Curie

Jackie Baillie

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Craig Cox

Senior Manager, KPMG

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This was an excellent event - speakers were well informed and each brought something different.

Steven Turner, The Salvation Army,
Scotland's New Lobbying Act Conference, September 2017

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