Terrence Higgins Trust turns to Fishburn Hedges

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 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

basis.



The Government proposes to reform the 1861 Offences Against the Person

Act to exclude those who recklessly pass on the virus from

prosecution.



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

right legislation.



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.’



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