Our team is a leading adviser in Freedom of Information law. We have been at the forefront of the development of all areas of FOI law and practice since the introduction of FOI in 1998.
Our FOI team advises a wide range of FOI bodies and users, as well as non-FOI bodies impacted by FOI, such as commercial entities engaging with FOI bodies. We advise extensively on all aspects FOI, including general compliance and implementation, and the proper application of grounds for non-disclosure. We have acted in over 50 appeals to the High and Supreme Courts from decisions of the Information Commissioner, and also regularly speak, write, and provide bespoke training on, FOI. As a result, we have unrivalled FOI experience.
We also advise on other aspects of information law, including access to information on the environment, privacy, data protection, confidentiality, privilege, and disclosure in litigation, investigations and inquiries.
The Freedom of Information Act 2014 significantly extended the application of FOI, which now applies to all public bodies, unless specifically excluded in whole or in part. Any person can now gain access to records held by over 700 “FOI bodies”, and also apply to have personal information corrected, as well as being able to seek the reasons and grounds for decisions in which they have an individual interest.
We advise on the following issues:
Should you wish to find out more about how we can assist you and your business please contact one of the team members listed.
‘flexible and focused on the client’s needs’
‘well-tuned into public sector requirements’
Edward Gleeson’s team includes Niall Michel, who provides ‘an unrivalled level of service’, and Catherine Allen, who has ‘an excellent understanding of the legislation’.