Freedom of Information (FOI)

The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals the right to request information from public authorities, and this information must be released unless covered by one of the exemptions in the Act.  Understanding and applying the exemptions – as well as the procedural requirements of the Act – can be complicated and we can assist with both making and responding to requests.

The team benefits from lawyers who have worked for public authorities, and have extensive experience of dealing with requests, and the application of exemptions. We can also advise on the framing of a request to give the best possible chance of the information requested being released. The Information Management team can also assist when presenting documents to a public authority that is subject to FOI, and suggest wording which will make it easier for the public authority to class the information as exempt.

Particular areas of expertise include:

  • practicalities of dealing with a request
  • application of exemptions to information
  • framing of requests to an authority
  • releasing documents to a public authority
  • defending appeals against decisions of public authorities
  • making appeals against decisions of public authorities

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