Summary of investigation – Tulchan Communications LLP (‘Tulchan’)
Wednesday 25th November 2020
Organisation or Person Investigated
Tulchan Communications LLP (‘Tulchan’)
Whether Tulchan submitted an inaccurate Quarterly Information
Return under the terms of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (‘the Act’), in particular whether they omitted a client from their return for the period April to June 2020.
Based on the information provided, and no evidence to the contrary, Tulchan did not conduct undeclared consultant lobbying as defined by the Act in the period under enquiry.
Summary of Rationale for Decision
Tulchan provided a timeline of the activities of its Managing Partner, Lord Feldman, in relation to Tulchan, the Department for Health & Social Care (‘DHSC’) and Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited (‘Oxford Nanopore’) from March 2020 to June 2020. Irrespective of Lord Feldman’s status with Tulchan in this period, the Registrar has no evidence of activity that constituted consultant lobbying within the definition in section 2 of the Act (i.e. communication by the consultant with a Minister, Permanent Secretary or equivalent, on behalf of a paying client).
Oxford Nanopore was not a client of Tulchan in the period of Lord Feldman’s association with DHSC. They subsequently became a client of Tulchan and the Registrar has received a comprehensive assurance dated 18 November 2020 that no consultant lobbying had been conducted by Tulchan on behalf of Oxford Nanopore as at that date.
|16 November 2020 ||Query from a journalist to ORCL following reports that Lord|
Feldman, Tulchan Managing Partner, met with ministers and
Oxford Nanopore on 1 April and on 13 May 2020. The
journalist asked why Oxford Nanopore was not listed as a
Tulchan client in their Quarterly Information Return.
|16 November 2020||Formal letter from Registrar to Tulchan to enquire whether|
an inaccurate Quarterly Information Return had been
|18 November 2020||Response from Tulchan providing a comprehensive|
assurance about the accuracy of its Quarterly Information
Returns and setting out a timeline of the activities of Lord
Feldman in relation to Tulchan, the Department for Health &
Social Care (‘DHSC’) and Oxford Nanopore from March 2020
to June 2020.
25 November 2020
Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists