Public advocacy

Our public advocacy team provides legal advice to clients on their engagement with government, parliamentarians, regulators and the media.

We support clients whether they are growing, entering new markets, executing a transaction, experiencing change to their existing market or facing a crisis situation. As government plays an increasing role in shaping the business and economic environment, whether due to Covid-19, climate change, global inequality, geopolitics or other reasons, effective engagement with it is more important than ever.

Policy and legislative

We can assist clients by monitoring policy, legislation and regulation, including the progress of Bills, consultations, Parliamentary inquiries, Parliamentary questions and debates. Our team has a wealth of experience advising clients in relation to proposed legislation and regulation. We can help with drafting amendments to this, as well as with responding to consultations and crafting communications to policy makers.

Parliamentary committee hearings and public inquiries

We can help with all aspects of preparation for select committees, congressional committees and public inquiries, including drafting written evidence, preparing to give oral evidence and advising on the process and legal powers of these bodies.

Our London team includes Alison Saunders, the former Director of Public Prosecution for England & Wales, who has extensive experience of preparing for and appearing at Parliamentary select committees, and Jonathan Jones, former Treasury Solicitor (the most senior legal official in the UK government) with decades of experience of advising ministers, preparing legislation, setting up public inquiries and giving evidence to parliamentary committees.

Stakeholder mapping and trade associations

We can assist clients with stakeholder mapping to identify key policy-makers and influencers and develop strategies for engaging with them. We regularly participate in and advise trade associations, contributing to the policy-making process. This provides an industry-wide perspective and adds to our knowledge of the markets our clients operate in and the key players within them.

Strategic communications

We can help clients develop communications aimed at policy makers and the media that are legally robust while also being clear and compelling. Where applicable, we work closely with your public affairs and communications advisors to ensure that messaging is consistent with your overall communication strategy and to maximise impact.

International Advisory Group

We are supported by the knowledge and experience of our International Advisory Group. This includes former British Foreign Secretary Lord Hague of Richmond, Michael Diekmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE, Tom Glocer, the former CEO of Thomson Reuters and founder and Managing Partner of Angelic Ventures, and Meghan L. O’Sullivan, the Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Lord Hague of Richmond Former
British Foreign Secretary

Tom Glocer
Former CEO of Thomson Reuters and founder and Managing Partner of Angelic Ventures

Michael Diekmann
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE

Meghan L. O’Sullivan
Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School

EU Law & Policy Team

We constantly monitor policy developments in the EU and our dedicated team closely follows emerging legislation and thinking in the EU institutions. We help clients anticipate developments, develop responses to these and deploy their legal perspectives effectively. We have developed close relationships with a number of public affairs consultants in Brussels and help our clients find the right approach and build the right team to achieve their goals in Brussels.

Bernd Meyring
Partner, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Brussels
bernd.meyring@linklaters.com

Etienne Dessy
Partner, Financial Regulation and Investment Funds Brussels
etienne.dessy@linklaters.com

Alexandra Nagy
EU Law & Policy Manager Brussels
alexandra.nagy@linklaters.com

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