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Ros Foster

Ros Foster

Ros Foster

Partner

about Ros

Ros has been a partner at the firm since May 2013, having joined from the public law team at DAC Beachcroft LLP in April 2012. She has developed her practice acting for regulatory and health clients. She trained in local government and spent 11 years working in house dealing with a wide range of local government and both contentious and non-contentious public law matters.

Ros has acted on a variety of threatened judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman and advises NHS England in relation to vires, judicial review and consultation and performers list matters. Ros acts for all public services ombudsman and auditors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the National Audit Office. She regularly advises the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on public law and information law matters.

Ros continues to advise the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care in relation to High Court appeals and fitness to practise and administrative and information law issues in general. Ros recently conducted an investigation on behalf of the Professional Standards Authority into whistleblowing allegations made against the General Dental Council, and acted for the Authority in relation to the first appeal brought by the General Medical Council into which the Authority decided to intervene.

Ros leads a team that conducts a range of disciplinary investigations on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She acts as legal adviser to the Licence and Statutory Approvals Committees of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Professional Conduct Committee of the Chartered Institute of Building. Ros recently undertook a secondment with the Pensions Regulator acting in the Frontline Regulation Directorate in relation to the exercise of the Regulator’s anti-avoidance powers.

Ros recently had conduct of proceedings in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Northern Ireland Ombudsman involving vires challenges and is acting for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in the Court of Appeal following the dismissal of judicial review proceedings brought by two doctors as to her jurisdiction and the exercise of her powers.

Ros continues to lead a team that provides legal support to Hackney London Borough Council in relation to its Overstaying Families Intervention Team project and acts on a number of actual and threatened judicial review claims and applications for injunctive relief, often at short notice and in emergency situations.

Ros leads the firm’s public sector Information Law practice and advises a range of public sector clients on information governance, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the General Data Protection Regulation.

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