The Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV and Aids charity, has hired
Fishburn Hedges to provide it with public policy advice in the wake of
Government proposals last week to change the law on prosecuting those
who pass on the HIV virus.
The Trust’s public affairs work was previously handled in-house and it
awarded the account to Fishburn Hedges last week on a pro bono
The Government proposes to reform the 1861 Offences Against the Person
Act to exclude those who recklessly pass on the virus from
Under the new proposals those who transmit HIV or any other disease with
the intent of causing serious injury could still be prosecuted.
FH will lobby on behalf of the trust for the change to the Act which is
being opposed by the Law Commission and the General Council of the Bar.
FH will also advise the Trust on drug pricing policy and disability
Tom Lawson, THT’s communications manager, said: ’Our new relationship
with Fishburn Hedges will help to ensure the interests of those whose
lives are affected by HIV and Aids are considered in forthcoming
legislation and in Government thinking generally.’