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Controversial speakers

There have been numerous high profile cases of attempts to ban controversial speakers from campus, most recently Germaine Greer.

We have been involved in advising various universities, including Cardiff & York, on the legality of many of these. This has included advice on human rights, statutory freedom of speech protections, equality law, public order offences and the relationship with students unions, as well as identity politics and “safe space” policies.

In each case we assisted the University in question on reaching a defensible decision on whether or not to allow the event to proceed and on subsequent complaints relating to that decision.

"We’re delighted to be at the beginning of a partnership between two teams who share the same winning spirit and focus on supporting talent to achieve their potential. Everyone here has a great sense of pride and excitement to be working with Team England – a team that, after all, reflects just how much can be achieved by a diverse and varied group of individuals all focused on one goal. We can’t wait to get started."

Joanna Thornell, Client and Markets Director, Shakespeare Martineau