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freedom of information

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Since the full introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in 2005, getting access to publicly recorded data has never been easier. With requests from the general public, potential litigators and the media, public authorities and their contractors are under pressure to respond. Our goal is to advise on these often commercially sensitive requests, ensuring your officers stay within the law, and to assist you in handling any investigations by the Information Commissioner's Office.

what we do...

  • Our clients - public authorities and contractors to public authorities.
  • Specialist legal advice - from disclosure of information of third-party personal data, appropriate fees limit and the public interest test, to recent decisions by the Information Commissioner’s Office, and on the application of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) and restrictive exemptions.
  • Experts in our field - advising clients daily on their obligations under the Act and how to apply the 23 exemptions from disclosure of information.
  • Experienced team - having supported clients with requests from the Guardian, News of the World, and MPs acting on behalf of constituents.
  • Regular training courses - on the Act and recent decisions by the Information Commissioner’s Office that enforce it.

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Legal updates

Public matters - May 2019

This month includes freedom of information, housing regeneration, Alexander Kuznetsov and London Borough of Camden, EU regulation standard form public procurement notices, expert evidence, child care and immigration, conflicts of interest, information law update, and environmental law.

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Ros Foster talks about developments in information law including the recent Morrisons case

Ros takes a look at liability and risk arising from data protection legislation and the Freedom of Information Act.

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Legal updates

Freedom of information - vexatious and costly requests

Responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’) may be both time consuming and costly for public authorities to manage.

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Starting on your journey to GDPR compliance - hear from Helena Wootton

We caught up with Helena Wootton to help demystify the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and hear how you can start on your journey to preparing for May 2018.

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