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Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016

May 2017

Title: Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016

Jurisdiction: Scotland

Author: Stephen Phillips

Law firm: Burness Paull LLP


The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 received the Royal Assent on 14 April 2016; however, its substantive provisions are not yet in force.

It is expected that it will come fully into force in early 2018, with an exact date to be announced later this year.

The Act is intended to increase transparency surrounding lobbying in Scotland. It creates a regulatory framework designed to control some forms of lobbying, defined as “regulated lobbying”.

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