Central Lobby Consultants Ltd (CLC) is an independent parliamentary and public affairs consultancy. We have over 20 years' experience working within Westminster, Whitehall, Europe and the devolved bodies.

Lobbying and ethical standards

Lobbying and lobbyists have come in for considerable criticism over the last few years and in some cases that criticism has been entirely justified.

At CLC we believe that in an open, democratic society there is an entirely legitimate and proper role for lobbying as a channel of communication between government and governed. Honestly and transparently undertaken, presenting a reasoned case for a client enables government to take account of matters that it might have overlooked in formulating its policy on a particular issue. Lobbying is about communication, not about attempting to buy influence.

As members of the European Public Affairs Consultancies' Association (EPACA), we have signed and adhere to its Code of Conduct. Through EPACA we are actively involved in the development of lobbying standards in the EU and we fully support the transparency initiatives being developed within the European Commission. The EPACA Code commits us to act in an honest and responsible way in our dealings with the EU institutions – and we follow the same standards for all our work in the UK.

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We are scrupulous in checking that potential clients have no existing conflicts of interests with current clients.

In order to be accepted as a legitimate element in the democratic process, lobbying needs to be conducted to the highest ethical standards. Integrity is at the heart of everything we do: anything else would simply not be in the interests of our clients.

CLC is registered on the Register of Consultant Lobbyists established under the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration (2014) Act. CLC is also registered on the joint EU Transparency Register (identification number: 85317577507-40).