Ros Foster

Partner

London

Ros.Foster@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)20 7337 1015

London

Ros acts for a range of public bodies, statutory regulators and third sector bodies. Ros’ clients include the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (“PSA”), NHS England, the Royal Institute of British Architects (“RIBA”) and the Chartered Institute of Building (“CIOB”), as well as a range of NHS bodies, charities and local authorities. Ros is head of the firm’s information law team.


Ros has developed the firm’s professional disciplinary and information law practices to the point where it is currently sole adviser to the PSA and the CIOB, and the go-to adviser on all disciplinary matters for the RIBA.

Ros has significant experience of investigations and associated disciplinary and governance issues in the regulatory, charity, local government and other public sector contexts, including in relation to statutory officers and in contexts where statutory reports have been issued. Ros is experienced in judicial review and anti-harassment matters.

As head of the firm’s information law team, Ros regularly advises a wide range of clients in the public, private and third sectors on all aspects of data protection and freedom of information law and practice, and on the law of confidentiality, privilege and disclosure. Ros regularly delivers general and bespoke training about all aspects of information law.

Featured experience

CCG judicial review claim

Assisting the Overstaying Families Intervention Team (OFIT) of Hackney London Borough Council with actual and threatened judicial review proceedings since January 2013. OFIT brings together social workers and anti-fraud officers in an attempt to identify and prevent fraudulent and unmeritorious claims by overstaying families for support pursuant to Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. Judicial review is frequently threatened or brought when such support is refused or withdrawn and we act for Hackney in relation to such challenges.

Conduct of Litigation in an appeal to the Supreme Court

Conduct of Litigation in an appeal to the Supreme Court against a decision of the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal relating to two issues of importance to our client and to UK ombudsmen generally: (1) whether an ombudsman can recommend a financial remedy when a complaint is upheld and unremedied injustice is found, and (2) whether an ombudsman can make a report in circumstances where the respondent refuses to provide a remedy or maladministration. The case is due to be heard by the UK Supreme Court in March 2016.

Data breach management

Assisting a client in managing a significant data breach, advising on management of the breach and communications with regulatory bodies as well as providing information to senior management.

OFIT of Hackney London Borough Council

Assisting the Overstaying Families Intervention Team (OFIT) of Hackney London Borough Council with actual and threatened judicial review proceedings since January 2013. OFIT brings together social workers and anti-fraud officers in an attempt to identify and prevent fraudulent and unmeritorious claims by overstaying families for support pursuant to Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. Judicial review is frequently threatened or brought when such support is refused or withdrawn and we act for Hackney in relation to such challenges.

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