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1. Introduction

Who this guidance is for?

This guidance is for individuals and organisations who currently lobby representatives of government or are planning to do so. It is intended to help these organisations to understand whether they are required to join the statutory Register of Consultant Lobbyists as established by the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (hereafter referred to as the Act).

The guidance should also be used to understand what information must be declared on the Register and at what point an individual or organisation should apply to join the Register under the Act.

This guidance covers:

The registration process

  • Where and how to join the Register of Consultant Lobbyists
  • What information is required to be submitted at the point of initial registration
  • What information is required to be submitted in quarterly information updates.

The requirement to register

  • Who is required to join the Register
  • The criteria for conducting the business of consultant lobbying
  • Who is exempt from joining the Register.