CC advises on electoral commission inquiry

The Conservative Party instructed Clifford Chance to advise it on the Electoral Commission’s investigation into party donations made by a ­company owned by Lord Ashcroft, deputy chairman of the party.

Lord Ashcroft
Lord Ashcroft

Clifford Chance commercial litigation partner Simon Davis was instructed by the party and acted alongside regulatory lawyers Judith Seddon and Holly Ware.

The 14-month investigation into the donations was prompted by a complaint by Labour MP John Mann.

The investigation, which concluded earlier this month, looked specifically at donations worth £5.1m made to the party between February 2003 and the end of 2009, and at whether such contributions were in breach of the Political ­Parties, Elections and ­Referendums Act 2000.

The Clifford Chance team was instructed to advise the party on its response to the Electoral Commission’s inquiry into whether it had sufficiently fulfilled its duty to investigate the identity of the donors.

The investigation ­concluded that the party had fulfilled its duties and that the party had no case to answer.