This event is now over and took place on Wed 02 Dec 2015

Event Summary

New counter terrorism rules require specified bodies that provide services to the public to "have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

Universities and further education colleges are among those affected. They’re now required by law to meet this new Prevent duty.

  • But what exactly is the duty?
  • What does “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” mean?
  • How might students’ unions be affected?
  • How might universities and FE colleges implement the duty in practice?

Getting to grips with the new rules is time consuming and complicated.

You'll need to understand the government’s definitions of extremism and radicalisation. You’ll also need to understand the government’s statutory guidance explaining how the government consider you should meeting the Prevent duty.

Join BWB for an evening seminar to find out more.
We’ll summarise how the Prevent duty relates to issues such as:

  • Free speech
  • Academic freedom
  • Human rights
  • Equality and discrimination
  • Charity law

We’ll also:

  • Review the rules around students’ union campaigning in relation to challenging Prevent and/or its implementation.
  • Explain the legal tools and legal remedies available to students’ unions seeking to enforce the legal rights of their members.


5.00pm Registration

5.30pm Talks

7.00pm Seminar ends


Raj Desai (Matrix Chambers)
Rosamund McCarthy (BWB)
Simon Steeden (BWB)

Rosamund McCarthy is a Partner in the Charity and Social Enterprise Department of BWB and acts for a wide range of clients on establishment, campaigning, governance, philanthropy, fundraising and enterprise activities. She has a particular interest in the campaigning and political activities of not-for-profits and has advised numerous charities and campaigning groups on their legal obligations.

Raj Desai is a barrister at Matrix Chambers who specialises in public and human rights law and has particular experience in actions against the police, equality law, education law and information law. He has recently acted in human rights challenges concerning the student loan eligibility criteria as well the retention of personal data of a peaceful protestor on a national domestic extremist police database. Raj also represented the partner of Guardian journalist, Glen Greenwald, in relation to detention and the seizure of material linked to the Snowden Files under the Terrorism Act 2000.

Simon Steeden is a Partner in the Charity and Social Enterprise Department of BWB and joint head of BWB's Electoral, Political and Campaigning group. Simon advises a wide range of household name campaigning organisations on electoral law compliance and advises charities on their compliance with charity law requirements concerning political activity. He is currently acting as an advisor to Lord Hodgson’s statutory review of third party campaigning, following the introduction of Lobbying Act.


Bates Wells Braithwaite at 10 Queen Street Place, EC4R 1BE

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