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Summary of Investigation – Charlesbye Limited

November 2021

Organisation or Person Investigated

Charlesbye Limited (“Charlesbye”)

Matter(s) Investigated

Whether Charlesbye is an unregistered consultant lobbyist

Registrar’s Decision

Charlesbye is not an unregistered consultant lobbyist, based on detailed information and substantive assurances provided. 

Summary of Rationale for Decision

Based on the explanation of Charlesbye’s business activities and substantive assurances provided, I conclude that the company has not been engaging in consultant lobbying activity.

Chronology

Date Action
11 November Article in The Guardian regarding Charlesbye’s work.
12 November Formal letter from the Registrar to Charlesbye giving background on the requirement for registering and asking if their activities fall within the criteria for registration. In particular, but not limited to, clients mentioned in media reports.
22 November Email from Charlesbye stating they have not made any oral, written or electronic communications personally to a Minister of the Crown or Permanent Secretary (or equivalents specified in the Act)
23 November Letter from the Registrar to Charlesbye requesting information on the nature of the activities carried out for clients listed in the letter of 12 November.
23 November Email from Charlesbye stating that they provide strategic communications advice to their clients.
25 November Letter from Registrar concluding the investigation.

25 November 2021

Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists

office@orcl.gov.uk

Summary of investigation – Tulchan Communications LLP (‘Tulchan’)

November 2020

Organisation or Person Investigated

Tulchan Communications LLP (‘Tulchan’)

Matter(s) Investigated

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.

Registrar’s Decision

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.

Chronology

DateAction
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
submitted.
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

office@orcl.gov.uk