Bob Posner, until recently the chief executive of the Electoral Commission, is joining law firm Bates Wells’ top-ranked Politics, Elections and Campaigning team as a consultant.

Bob has decades of experience in the political arena, working across the administration of elections and referendums, through to the regulation of political and campaigning finance rules. He is an experienced public sector lawyer and is the joint editor and author of Schofield’s on Election law.

He joins a team that provides political parties, candidates, charities, campaigners, trade unions, local authorities and companies with holistic advice on electoral and campaigning law. The Bates Wells team has worked on some of the biggest political issues of our time – including advising Britain Stronger in Europe, the lead Remain campaign in the Brexit referendum – and is ranked in the top tier for Electoral Law by independent legal directory Legal 500.

Simon Steeden, Bates Wells’ head of Politics, Elections and Campaigning comments:

“With a new Elections Act to navigate and the possibility of a general election in the not-too-distant future, more and more of our clients are considering their electoral and campaigning strategies for the coming months. We are thrilled that Robert is joining us and bringing his years of expertise to strengthen our client offering in this vital area.”

“Particularly for our charity clients, with various legislative changes impacting human rights and public protest, the landscape for civil society campaigners is increasingly challenging. Amidst a cost of living crisis that is putting increasing pressure on the most vulnerable in our society, it has never been more important for charities and campaigners to make their voices heard.

We are thrilled to have an expert of Bob’s standing to strengthen our ability to help campaigners cut through the complexity, and develop strategies with maximum impact.”

Bob Posner comments; “I am delighted to be joining the team at Bates Wells, not only because of their reputation in the field of electoral law, but also because their values-driven approach to doing business aligns with my own personal worldview and commitment to making a positive impact”.