Freedom of Information
While larger public bodies often have dedicated freedom of information (FOI) teams, we help those organisations who need specialist advice on handling particularly difficult requests, especially where sensitive information is involved or where the application of relevant exemptions under the legal regime is especially complex. Often FOI requests come in the context of a broader issue or dispute and we help ensure public authorities meet their obligations without losing sight of that bigger picture. We also advise non-public authority bodies whose information is subject to FOI requests in the hands of a government department or regulator.
Our practice ranges from advising on exemptions and the public interest test to drafting submissions to the ICO and representing clients in the Information Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.