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Frequently asked questions

Please find below a series of frequently asked questions designed to help registrants understand the practicalities of registration.

How much will I need to pay to join the Register?
How do I log on to the Register?
How do I reset my password?
When is the Register updated?
How do I list my organisation’s partners or directors on the Register?
How do I change the names on my organisation’s list of partners/directors?
How do I make corrections to my quarterly return once I have submitted it?
How do I leave the Register?

How much will I need to pay to join the Register?

The current amount payable for a full 12-month renewal is £1,000 (being £950 registration fee plus £12.50 for each of the four quarterly information returns). Renewal fees are payable at the start of each calendar year. If a new registrant joins mid-year, the amount payable for the first year will be pro-rata in respect of the period from the effective date of joining the Register up to the following 31 December.

The Cabinet Office determines the amount of the fee, which includes the costs associated with maintaining the Register and processing registration and quarterly return information.

Payments may also be subject to transaction charges from the payment mechanism providers at the following rates:

  • Corporate credit cards: 2% + 4p per transaction
  • Debit cards: 18p per transaction
  • BACS: £0.50 per transaction

New registrants will not be added to the Register until the fee is paid. Existing registrants failing to pay their renewal fee will be removed from the Register, whereupon they may become subject to potential civil penalties (or possible prosecution) for the statutory offence of unregistered consultant lobbying.

How do I log on to the Register?

You can login to the Register here. If you already have an account please enter your username (which is your registered email address) and password as directed.  If you would like to join the Register, you must first create an account which you can do by clicking the ‘create an account‘ button and follow the instructions.

How do I reset my password?

If you have forgotten your password you can reset this by clicking on the forgotten your password link and entering your username which is your registered email address.  This will then generate a temporary password which will be sent to your email address.  Once you receive this, follow the instructions and change your password when prompted.

When is the Register updated?

The Register runs from 1st January to the 31st December and is constantly updated, with new registrants able to join at any period during the year.  At the end of each quarter registrants have 14 days in which to submit an information return setting out the clients for which they have undertaken consultant lobbying (as defined by the Act) during that quarter.  This information is then published on the Register and available to the public.

How do I list my organisation’s partners or directors in the Register?

You will need to complete information according to the headings in the example below, and this information needs to be provided on each partner/director:

Title Firstname Surname Role
Mr Chris Ryley Partner

How do I change the names on my organisation’s list of partners/directors?

Please contact the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists with a list of the changes you would like to make to your partner list and a member of staff can then make the requested changes. If you would like to make a large number of changes to the partner list, please submit your updated full list of partners in an excel document in .csv format.  The document will still need to be structured  according to the headings you used in the first partner list you submitted (please see previous FAQ on listing partner/director information).  A member of staff can then upload the details on your registration page on the Register.

How do I make corrections to my quarterly return once I have submitted it?

It is important that information on your return is accurate, but you cannot edit the information yourself after it has been submitted.  If you discover an error that needs correction after your return has been submitted, please therefore email the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (enquiries@orcl.gov.uk) as soon as possible with the details of the correction required.  A member of staff can then edit your information to make the correction.

How do I leave the Register?

If you no longer believe you will be conducting the business of consultant lobbying, please contact enquiries@orcl.gov.uk. If you decide to leave the Register mid-way through the year, you will be entitled to a pro-rata refund of your registration fee for the remaining part of the year.