Request for Information
Public authorities have a legal obligation to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA") and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 ("EIRs") within 20 working days of receipt. There is an ever increasing number of complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office ("ICO") by applicants for information asserting that a public body has failed to disclose information or otherwise comply with procedural requirements. This can cause reputational harm.
Our team will assist you to comply with the FOIA and EIRs, and help you apply exemptions to avoid disclosure of information where possible. We will act as an “impartial friend”.
We can advise on public interest tests under the legislation and the conduct of internal reviews as required by the FOIA and EIR Codes of Practice. We have expertise in dealing with complaints to the ICO and can assist you manage appeals to the Information Tribunal.
In light of the increasing emphasis on transparency within Government, public bodies must proactively publish various contracts and other information. We can assist you to consider your organisation’s approach to information management and disclosure in the context of this rapidly evolving area of policy and regulation.
- A Local Authority in relation to an EIRs request for information pertaining to planning decisions in relation to a multi-million pound Project.
- An overseas Local Authority in relation to an FOIA request surrounding the publication of a school review.
- An NHS Trust in relation to whistleblowing by employees.