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Electoral Commission’s first intervention in Supreme Court


R v. Mackinlay & others [2018] UKSC 42

The Electoral Commission (the independent body which oversees elections in the UK) has been successful in its first intervention before the UK Supreme Court.

The proceedings concerned the manner in which election expenses are required to be calculated and declared – a preliminary issue arising in the course of a criminal prosecution.

Agreeing with the Electoral Commission, the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s unanimous judgment delivered by the Lord Chief Justice in April 2018.

The judgment is here. A press summary is here.

Richard Gordon QC and Gerard Rothschild were instructed by the Electoral Commission.