Our team has extensive experience putting together freedom of information request applications and advising on environmental information regulations. We have acted for central government departments in freedom of information (FOI) litigation, as well as advising businesses and senior police officers on their information rights.
What is the Freedom of Information Act?
Both the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) allow members of the public access to information held by public bodies. Information can be obtained in two ways, either because the public authority must publish information about its activities, or because it has received a written request for information from a member of the public, and which is not covered by an exemption.
Making a freedom of information request
Public bodies hold huge quantities of information, which may be given to members of the public in certain circumstances. If you are asking for information, we can help you put together a FOI request form in a way that is most likely to lead to the public authority supplying the information that you want. If the FOI request application is refused, we will help you challenge the refusal at an internal review, on appeal to the Information Commissioner, or if ultimately needed, before the specialist Tribunal responsible for hearing information law cases.
Supplying information following a freedom of information request
If you have had to supply information to a public body, we can assist in reducing the risk of information being disclosed by that body in response to an FOI or EIR request, by giving advice on how to provide the information in the first place.
Disclosing information to a public body
If you have already provided information to a public body and a FOI or EIR request is received, you may be asked for your views on disclosure of information which concerns you. We can advise you on your response to the public body, in particular advising on any exemptions that may apply.
Freedom of information advice
Our team of information law solicitors are frequently called upon to provide urgent advice where an unexpected request for information arises. The experience of our team allows us to quickly get to the core issues, and we are used to giving you our measured judgement in the most pressing circumstances.
Whether you want to obtain information from a public body or ensure that information about you is not disclosed, our team will assist you to ensure that information is given to you when requested, or that information about you is properly handled.