Election Law

Littleton barristers have experience in all aspects of election law governing UK and European parliamentary elections, local government, and Assembly elections. This includes the law governing candidates, political parties, party funding, election expenses, returning officers and staff, election petitions, and applications for relief.

Elections within companies, unincorporated associations and trade unions are also covered. This area is led by Richard Price OBE QC, one of the UK’s principal elections experts and Editor of Parker's Law and Conduct of Elections, and Consulting Editor of Halsbury's Laws of England, 2007 Re-Issue, on Elections and Referendums.

Key cases include:

  • Slough Central Ward Election Petition [M/326/07 Election Court, Commissioner Mawrey QC, March 2008]: electoral fraud
  • Ali v Haque [2006] All ER (D) 113 (Div Ct) service of petition challenge election of local councillors
  • Knight v Nicholls [2004] LGR 524 (CA) postal voting
  • Sanders v Chichester (1995) 3 Law Soc Gaz R 37: the "Literal Democrat" European Election Petition