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July/August 2017
Volume 13, Issue 6

 

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News Items

  • FOI experts discuss failures at heart of government
  • Elizabeth Denham publishes first Annual Report
  • FOI guidance changes
  • Commissioner tells government to publish secret letters about fox hunting
  • Campaign group gets support for FOI Bill
  • Elizabeth Denham to address designation of housing authorities in report to Parliament

Articles

  • The EIRs Part III: the exceptional Regulations - EIRs, Paul Gibbons, aka FOIMan
  • Central government departments and FOI timeliness - will the crackdown happen? - Lynn Wyeth, Leicester City Council
  • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds Sutherland

     

    May/June 2017
    Volume 13, Issue 5

     

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    News Items

    • FOI leaks could become a criminal offence
    • Commissioner: ‘It’s time for a drastic rethink’
    • ICO publishes FOI data
    • Welsh government ordered to publish aid details
    • True FOI remains elusive in Italy, says campaign group
    • Liberal Democrats and Labour Party make FOI promises
    • Institute for government says latest figures show worrying trend

    Articles

    • Same thing, different gravy? The EIRs Part II - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
    • How will the GDPR affect FOI law? - Curtis McCluskey, Reed Smith
    • Records management in (and out) of the health sector - Rachael Annear, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather, Eversheds LLP

       

      March/April 2017
      Volume 13, Issue 4

       

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      News Items

      • FOI monitoring to increase to 90%
      • Public appointments process not transparent, says Committee
      • New EIRs guidance published
      • Revised transparency principles for contract information
      • ICO launches new resources to assist health sector with records management
      • JISC publishes latest report on FOI in higher education

      Articles

      • Down the rabbit hole: the EIRs - Part 1 - Paul Gibbons, aka FOIMan
      • Balancing transparency and privacy - Lynn Wyeth, Leicester City Council
      • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

         

        January/February 2017
        Volume 13, Issue 3

         

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        News Items

        • Denham — ‘it’s the message, not the media, that counts’
        • New FOI Code of Practice to be published in early 2017
        • GDPR ‘raises uncertainties for FOI archives’
        • Civil service’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations
        • SIC vacates Office, her replacement yet to be announced
        • Government is becoming less transparent, according to report
        • UK government refuses to release visa figures

        Articles

        • Denham’s drive for a duty to document - Paul Gibbons, aka FOIMan
        • Tom Wall, section 40(2) and why FOI Officers need data protection expertise - Lynn Wyeth, Leicester City Council
        • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds LLP

           

          November/December 2016
          Volume 13, Issue 2

           

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          News Items

          • European Court establishes human right to FOI
          • Government still considering removal of FOIA appeals
          • Commissioner - ‘we need to deal with late responders’
          • Government consults on statutory bar on disclosure of health service investigations
          • Tribunal orders release of Tony Blair correspondence
          • Department for Education releases documents concerning key decisions about schools

          Articles

          • The fall and rise of the publication scheme - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
          • Do fishing expeditions truly undermine FOIA’s objectives? - Lynn Wyeth, Leicester City Council
          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds
          • FOIA - why bother? - Ben Worthy, Birkbeck, UCL
             

            September/October 2016
            Volume 13, Issue 1

             

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            News Items

            • Denham: time to prise open public services providers
            • ICO agrees with Department on changes to Transparency Code
            • National Archives releases new guidance on FOI exemptions for records
            • SIC urges public authorities to take care when interrupting requests
            • Lawyers representing Hillsborough families call for new transparency legislation
            • Advice to ministers should be made public, says former civil servant
            • FOI qualification - latest exam results
            • New ICO guidance on section 44, and updated guidance on section 26

            Articles

            • Of interest? The public interest test under FOIA - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
            • ICO’s new guidance on statutory bars - Patricia Barratt - Director
            • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds
               

              July/August 2016
              Volume 12, Issue 6

               

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              News Items

              • Threat looms closer over right to appeal
              • ICO announces latest FOI monitoring list
              • Denham starts and FOI Minister announced
              • Greater transparency about major contracts
              • ICO issues landmark enforcement notice
              • New FOIA guidance published
              • ICO releases Annual Report
              • Unusual vexatious requests case for SIC

              Articles

              • Small is not necessarily better when it comes to FOI - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
              • Peeling back the onion - the new Model Services Contract - JP Buckley, DLA Piper
              • Divining the public interest - Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Barristers
              • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds
                 

                May/June 2016
                Volume 12, Issue 5

                 

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                News Items

                • Public sector contracts to be visible for first time
                • Local government Transparency Code being revisited
                • Elizabeth Denham confirmed as new Commissioner
                • Government publishes latest FOI statistics
                • FOI used to expose Ukip leader failing to pay tax

                Articles

                • Lies, damn lies, and FOI statistics - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
                • Personal data in FOIA/EIRs requests — changes and developments - Damien Welfare, Cornerstone Barristers
                • The future of FOIA - a run down of the Independent Commission’s findings - Anya Proops, 11KBW
                • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds
                   

                  March/April 2016
                  Volume 12, Issue 4

                   

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                  News Items

                  • It isn’t over yet, say FOI critics
                  • Graham’s replacement reputed to be fierce custodian of FOI rights
                  • Police Federation soon to come under FOIA
                  • Minister refuses to commit to FOI extension
                  • Tribunal orders DWP to disclose Universal Credit reports
                  • Elected officials can expect names to be disclosed, says Upper Tribunal
                  • Scotland’s government consults on new Regulations
                  • New guidance on EIRs

                  Articles

                  • Freedom of Information: cutting the cost - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
                  • ICO’s new EIRs guidance - things you need to know - FOI news team
                  • FOI in Scotland - changes afoot - James Goudie QC, 11KBW
                  • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Dave Hughes & Heather Farrell, Eversheds
                     

                    January/February 2016
                    Volume 12, Issue 3

                     

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                    News Items

                    • Planned FOIA extension a ‘blunderbuss’ says charity chief
                    • FOIA review update — government backtrack ‘likely’
                    • FOI now in force in Isle of Man
                    • ‘Student journalism will suffer’ if universities become exempt from FOIA
                    • Civil servants not recording Brexit plans to avoid FOI, says Gus O’Donnell
                    • Campaign group calls for FOIA to apply to prisons and parking tickets — even if contractors hold the information

                    Articles

                    • FOI in the Isle of Man - FOIA upgraded? - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
                    • The research exemption - what’s new? - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance
                    • A licence to fish? Disclosure and information requests in judicial review - Anna Condliffe, Transport for London
                    • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Zoe Gannon, Barrister, 11KBW
                       

                      November/December 2015
                      Volume 12, Issue 2

                       

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                      News Items

                      • Committee to take oral evidence sessions in January 2016
                      • Important case on FOI requests made via Twitter
                      • Cabinet Office ‘irresponsible and evasive’ says Tribunal
                      • Government suggests excluding HEs from FOIA
                      • Labour Party to launch its own FOI review

                      Articles

                      • The costs of FOIA - researching central government spending - Paul Gibbons, aka FOIMan
                      • What to charge for under the EIRs - guidance at last - Christopher Knight, 11KBW
                      • Use of confidential information in the planning sphere - Philip Coppel QC, Cornerstone Barristers
                      • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Zoe Gannon, 11BW
                         

                        September/October 2015
                        Volume 12, Issue 1

                         

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                        News Items

                        • Government’s FOI review to take evidence at the end of September
                        • Ministry of Justice monitored over unacceptable delays
                        • ICO still concerned about Met Police timeliness
                        • FOI responsibility now with Cabinet Office
                        • Consultation on introduction of fees now closed
                        • MoJ need not disclose details of Saudi agreement

                        Articles

                        • Freudian slip: the FOI Act that never was - Paul Gibbons, aka FOIMan
                        • Re-use of Public Sector Information: the new rules - Racheal Annear, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
                        • Circle the wagons: fees for the Information Tribunal - Christopher Knight, 11KBW
                        • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                           

                          July/August 2015
                          Volume 11, Issue 6

                           

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                          News Items

                          • New obligations for information re-use now in force
                          • Latest Report is third in a row to highlight funding concerns
                          • Government will revisit FOI law
                          • Scottish government consults on FOI extension
                          • ICO issues Enforcement Notice, only 4th in history of Act
                          • Journalists’ requests not vexatious
                          • Court removes ‘bad motive’ as a reason to refuse requests

                          Articles

                          • Freedom of Information: this time it’s personal - Paul Gibbons aka FOIMan
                          • Vexatious requests - still no easy answers - Emily Carter, Kingsley Napley LLP
                          • Transparency in outsourcing: ICO roadmap and guidance - Rachael Annear, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                             

                            May/June 2015
                            Volume 11, Issue 5

                             

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                            News Items

                            • FOI commitments revealed - but do they go far enough?
                            • Prince Charles’ letters case spells start and end of veto use for EIRs
                            • Whitehall releases latest FOI figures
                            • Mexico expands freedom of information legislation
                            • Advocate General gives guidance on what is a 'reasonable amount' to charge for EIRs
                            • Caymans Commissioner warns PAs not to hide behind confidentiality clauses

                            Articles

                            • The ten things FOI practitioners hate most - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
                            • A Prince, a journalist, some letters and a veto - Emily Carter, Kingsley Napley LLP
                            • On the hook - public authorities under the EIRs - Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Chambers
                            • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                            • F + I + A = F(o)IA - Christopher Knight, 11 KBW
                               

                              March/April 2015
                              Volume 11, Issue 4

                               

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                              News Items

                              • Network Rail to be within FOI regime by end of March 2015
                              • Water companies with ‘special powers’ subject to EIRs
                              • ICO to investigate itself over disclosure of staff pay
                              • ICO updates guidance on identity of applicant
                              • FOI Code will not be updated to include private contractors
                              • Latest bodies to be monitored announced
                              • FOI request used to uncover new information on Jimmy Savile assaults

                              Articles

                              • The ten things FOI requesters hate most - Paul Gibbons (aka known as 'FOIMan')
                              • Ten years of FOI - the BBC's perspective - James Leaton Gray & Martin Rosenbaum, BBC
                              • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                              • Article 10 freedom of expression - the Global Witness case - Peter Lockley, 11KBW
                                 

                                January/February 2014
                                Volume 11, Issue 3

                                 

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                                News Items

                                • Proactive disclosure not enough, says Commissioner
                                • SIC warns Parliament that action is needed to protect FOI
                                • Shadow Justice Secretary - ‘we will end the FOI anomaly’
                                • The ICO invites feedback on website restructure
                                • ICO favours existing structure for MoJ review
                                • Potential merger of transparency bodies in Cayman Islands
                                • UT gives new guidance for reliance on Schedule 2 DPA condition/li>

                                Articles

                                • New FOI law in Jersey - scope and comparisons with the UK - Emily Carter, Kingsley Napley LLP
                                • What’s in a name? Fairness, necessity and the public interest - Rachael Annear, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
                                • Accessing information in the planning sphere: Viability Assessments - Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Chambers
                                • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                                   

                                  November/December 2014
                                  Volume 11, Issue 2

                                   

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                                  News Items

                                  • Private Members’ Bills foretell new transparency obligations
                                  • Committee criticises arm’s-length government as opaque ‘Matrix’
                                  • Local Government Transparency Regulations now in force
                                  • Tribunal rejects call for names of legal advisors at care regulator
                                  • Cabinet Office fails to respond to request for failed IT projects
                                  • Upper Tribunal gives new test for determining ‘inherent weight’
                                  • Request for metadata of personal emails valid
                                  • Home Office told to disclose advice behind decision on intercept evidence

                                  Articles

                                  • Ten years of FOI - a personal account - Paul Gibbons, FOIMan
                                  • Accessing information in the planning sphere: viability assessments - Estelle Dehon, Cornerstone Chambers
                                  • The local government transparency rules - what’s new? - Jackie Gray & Emma Dewar, Bond Dickinson LLP
                                  • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                                     

                                    September/October 2014
                                    Volume 11, Issue 1

                                     

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                                    News Items

                                    • Minister reveals three-pronged plan for future of FOIA
                                    • ICO announces latest monitoring, and praises others for raising standards
                                    • Scottish Commissioner ‘concerned’ about FOI timeliness
                                    • ICO asks for more action to clear up ‘potential vagaries’ with outsourcing arrangements
                                    • ICO’s overhaul of publication scheme documentation is complete
                                    • Health bodies must pro-actively disclose details of meetings with pharmaceutical companies
                                    • FTT issues new checklist for closed proceedings in FOIA appeals; consultation on FTT recomposition

                                    Articles

                                    • Codes of Practice - more guidelines than rules? - Paul Gibbons, Information Rights Consultant (aka FOIMan)
                                    • Charging for requests - what does the new guidance say? - Dave Hughes, Eversheds
                                    • A matter of form: information requests and Section 11 - Christopher Knight, 11KBW
                                    • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                                       

                                      July/August 2014
                                      Volume 10, Issue 6

                                       

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                                      News Items

                                      • FOI complaints increasingly difficult to manage, says ICO
                                      • Court rules Freedom of Information requests can specify file format
                                      • Evidence during FOI disputes may be provided in secret, Court rules
                                      • ICO warns public authorities to ‘consider very carefully’ before refusals of so called ‘fishing expeditions’ High Court gives decision on ‘held’
                                      • Disclosure of pay and expenses data would lead to breakdown in Trust, says ICO
                                      • Court tells DWP to reveal workfare users
                                      • Salaries of high-earning professors may be disclosed

                                      Articles

                                      • Leadership and FOI - Paul Gibbons, Information Rights Consultant (aka FOIMan)
                                      • The new Research Exemption - where information law and IP collide - Dave Hughes, Senior Associate, Eversheds
                                      • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                                         

                                        May/June 2014
                                        Volume 10, Issue 5

                                         

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                                        News Items

                                        • New compulsory publication provisions for local authorities
                                        • ICO announces latest bodies to be monitored over response times
                                        • New FOIA exemption becomes law
                                        • Irish High Court gives decision on ‘held’
                                        • BMA asks for FOIA to apply equally across all GP providers
                                        • Upper Tribunal rules that presence of LLP does not automatically engage EIRs exemption

                                        Articles

                                        • The vexed question of vexatiousness, repeated requests and unreasonable ones - Damien Welfare, Cornerstone Barristers
                                        • The New Code: the next step government transparency - Emily Carter, Kingsley Napley
                                        • Opening up the UK - Dr Ben Worthy, Birkbeck, University of London
                                        • What’s in a name? A comment on Edem - Christopher Knight, 11KBW
                                        • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O'Kane, Herbert Smith Freehills
                                           

                                          March/April 2014
                                          Volume 10, Issue 4

                                           

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                                          News Items

                                          • Private companies on public contracts to come under FOIA
                                          • Supreme Court backs Charity Commission in long running dispute
                                          • No need to issue Refusal Notice where information not ‘held’, says Tribunal
                                          • Commissioner launches legal bid to have DfT publish vetoed report
                                          • Publication scheme definition document published for wholly owned companies
                                          • New FOI guidance on requests for documents
                                          • FOI requests received by UK universities continue to rise

                                          Articles

                                          • Is FOIA always the best route to getting information? - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance
                                          • Transparency of outsourced public sector services and future changes to FOIA - Jackie Gray, Bond Dickinson
                                          • Section 36 and the ‘qualified person’ — who is it and why does it matter? - Paul Gibbons (aka FOIMan)
                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O'Kane, Herbert Smith Freehills
                                             

                                            January/February 2014
                                            Volume 10, Issue 3

                                             

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                                            News Items

                                            • Government deploys veto over HS2 report
                                            • Cabinet Office monitored over FOI response times
                                            • ICO seeks views on Anonymisation Code of Practice
                                            • Isle of Man FOI consultation begins
                                            • Police body gives update on FOI backlog
                                            • Australia Information Commissioner calls for intelligence agencies to be subject to FOI
                                            • Human Rights Commission raises FOI concerns in Caymans
                                            • Irish Water to come under FOI

                                            Articles

                                            • How important is good records management to FOIA compliance? - Paul Gibbons, Information Rights Consultant
                                            • The amended PSI Directive: further re-use changes on the horizon - Jackie Gray & Emma Dewar, Bond Dickinson LLP
                                            • Closed hearings in FOI cases: new guidance from the Upper Tribunal - Adam Chapman, Kinsley Napley LLP
                                            • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                                               

                                              November/December 2013
                                              Volume 10, Issue 2

                                               

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                                              News Items

                                              • ICO to disclose names of criminal journalists after losing appeal
                                              • New guidance on time limits for information requests
                                              • Datasets: more guidance documents updated
                                              • Upper Tribunal gives judgment in extraordinary rendition case
                                              • Updated guidance on proactive release of environmental information
                                              • Decision on confidentiality of medical information after patient’s death
                                              • Publication schemes: new Northern Ireland definition document

                                              Articles

                                              • FOI, practically speaking Part 6 - looking for approval - Paul Gibbons, SOAS
                                              • Anything but data sets - challenges with anonymisation - Bilal Ghafoor, also known as the FOI Kid
                                              • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Niamh O’Kane, Herbert Smiths Freehills
                                                 

                                                September/October 2013
                                                Volume 10, Issue 1

                                                 

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                                                News Items

                                                • ICO publishes Code of Practice on datasets
                                                • Latest bodies to be monitored announced
                                                • ICO updates definition documents and model publication schemes
                                                • New Fees Regulations published
                                                • Council discloses staff data in error
                                                • ICO fines council for disclosing sensitive data in error

                                                Articles

                                                • FOI, practically speaking Part 5 - holding your own - Paul Gibbons, SOAS
                                                • The evolution of FOI - datasets and re-use - Jackie Gray, Bond Dickinson LLP
                                                • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant, Elizabeth Carter & Faye Weedon, Bristows LLP
                                                   

                                                  July/Aug 2013
                                                  Volume 9, Issue 6

                                                   

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                                                  News Items

                                                  • ICO warns of risk of revealing too much
                                                  • FOIA datasets provisions in force from 1st September 2013
                                                  • High Court backs government use of veto
                                                  • Irish government offers FOI law amendments
                                                  • Isle of Man to introduce FOI law
                                                  • MEP repeats call for information on Scotland’s future in Europe

                                                  Articles

                                                  • FOI, practically speaking Part 4 - take it to the (appropriate) limit - Paul Gibbons, SOAS
                                                  • The public interest - an unorthodox view - Rory Dunlop, Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers
                                                  • Too much information? - Niamh O'Kane, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
                                                  • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant & Hannah Crowther, Bristows
                                                  • Book review - 'Tribunal Practice' by Philip Coppel QC and Saima Hanif - Jonathan Baines, Buckinghamshire County Council
                                                     

                                                    May/June 2013
                                                    Volume 9, Issue 5

                                                     

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                                                    News Items

                                                    • New guidance on vexatious/manifestly unreasonable requests
                                                    • New FOIA exemption now in force and other changes on horizon
                                                    • Graham Smith: Section 12 to be reviewed
                                                    • Tribunal rules that exact salary should be disclosed
                                                    • High Court challenge of government’s use of veto begins
                                                    • ICO updates sector definition documents
                                                    • Rarely used FOI exemption deployed by Speaker

                                                    Articles

                                                    • FOI, practically speaking Part 3 - getting vexed by Paul Gibbons, SOAS
                                                    • Private emails and contracting out - overcoming the challenges by Anish Bhasin, Herbert Smith Freehills
                                                    • A right to unknown information? by Jonathan Baines, Buckinghamshire County Council
                                                    • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal by Hazel Grant, Scott Allardyce, Adam Lavery and Edwin Bond, Bristows
                                                       

                                                      March/April 2013
                                                      Volume 9, Issue 4

                                                       

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                                                      News Items

                                                      • Long awaited guidance on vexatiousness arrives
                                                      • Committee report on ICO suggests relaxation of rules on virement
                                                      • Latest EIRs guidance published
                                                      • Department to release information on free schools
                                                      • David Cameron ‘not at all sure’ on extending FOIA
                                                      • FOI reveals extent to which authorities are using private investigators
                                                      • Prince Charles’ correspondence - saga continues as UT issues further decision

                                                      Articles

                                                      • FOI, practically speaking Part 2 - game, data set and match by Paul Gibbons, SOAS
                                                      • The new guidance on parliamentary privilege exemption by Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance LLP
                                                      • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal by Hazel Grant, Scott Allardyce, Sean Ibbetson and Libby Amos, Bristows
                                                      • Book review - FOI Handbook, 3rd edition - Jonathan Baines, Buckinghamshire County Council
                                                         

                                                        January/February 2013
                                                        Volume 9, Issue 3

                                                         

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                                                        News Items

                                                        • Government to reduce cost ‘burden’ on authorities
                                                        • FOIA will not be extended to private contractors
                                                        • 'Keyword search' FOI requests are valid, says ICO
                                                        • New definition documents for higher education and government department sectors

                                                        Articles

                                                        • FOI, practically speaking Part 1 - deadlines - Paul Gibbons, SOAS
                                                        • Disclosure of personal data relating to children and vulnerable adults - balancing public and private interests - Marion Oswald, University of Winchester
                                                        • Vexatious uncertainty - Jonathan Baines, Buckinghamshire County Council
                                                        • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant, Scott Allerdyce and Sean Ibbetson, Bristows
                                                        • FOI from a commercial perspective - Part 3 - Helen Rose & Scott Allerdyce, Bristows
                                                           

                                                          November/December 2012
                                                          Volume 9, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Government rejects key findings of Committee on FOIA
                                                          • Confidential bid information disclosable following Tribunal ruling
                                                          • Two new consultations: data sets and data transparency
                                                          • FOI ban on royal communications scrapped in Scotland
                                                          • Expert gives verdict on new ICO guidance

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Meetings and access to information - has the government thrown open the doors of town hall? - Claire Ambrose, Herbert Smith
                                                          • Introducing Rosemary Agnew - James McGachie, DLA Piper
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant and Nicholas Round, Bristows
                                                          • FOI from a commercial perspective - Part 2 - Helen Rose and Scott Allardyce, Bristows

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2012
                                                          Volume 9, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • New recording requirements cause consternation
                                                          • Scottish Commissioner accuses government of causing rights erosion
                                                          • Prince Charles letters must be published
                                                          • Employment and disciplinary records protected by Tribunal
                                                          • Local authority begins to publish FOI requests
                                                          • Regulation 12(5)(g) EIRs - new guidance

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Post legislative scrutiny and the changes that may lie ahead - Jackie Gray, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • A shot across the bow? - Paul Gibbons, School of Oriental and African Studies (better known as 'FOI Man')
                                                          • Freedom of information and the future of the ministerial veto - Anya Proops, 11KBW
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant & Sarah Ruthven, Bristows
                                                          • FOI from a commercial perspective - Part 1 - Helen Rose, Bristows

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2012
                                                          Volume 8, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOIA review Committee finds very little wrong with the Act
                                                          • Government accepts Committee’s ‘open invitation’ to deploy veto
                                                          • Commissioner blogs on Report
                                                          • Four new FOI guidance documents
                                                          • Scotland to strengthen FOI legislation
                                                          • FOI probe referred to Tribunal
                                                          • Government publishes Open Data White Paper
                                                          • FOI legislation to be extended in Ireland

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Protection of Freedoms Act - the practical consequences - Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Beachcroft LLP
                                                          • To Coco or not to Coco? EIRs and confidentiality - Jonathan Baines, Buckinghamshire County Council
                                                          • FOIA appeals and the Upper Tribunal - Helen Robinson and Judge Nicholas Wikeley, Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber
                                                          • Application fees - the arguments for and against - Anna Condliffe, Herbert Smith LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant and Edward Glass, Bristows

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2012
                                                          Volume 8, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Protection of Freedoms Bill given Royal Assent
                                                          • Graham attacks decision to deploy veto preventing Register release
                                                          • Government issues note on ministerial vetos
                                                          • Tribunal makes significant ruling on vexatious requests
                                                          • Names of staff members who dealt with complaints are not necessarily personal data
                                                          • Straw speaks of ‘mistakes’ made in introducing FOIA
                                                          • Committee hears from Grieve, McNally and Maude

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Commercially sensitive and confidential information - Rachel Kamm, 11KBW
                                                          • Extension of FOIA to housing associations and others - Lynn Aglionby, Trowers & Hamlin,
                                                          • Access to documents in criminal proceedings - Kate Wilson, One Brick Court,
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant & Edward Glass, Bristows

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2012
                                                          Volume 8, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Mandarins are paving the way for bad behaviour, says Graham
                                                          • Publication of risk assessment will do lasting damage, warns Lord
                                                          • Commissioner takes no further steps in relation to veto
                                                          • Journalist wins right to ‘sensitive’ court papers
                                                          • NHS managers seek to curtail FOI requests
                                                          • FOIA has not improved accountability, says MoJ
                                                          • Prince Charles’s secret veto documents to be released

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Post legislative scrutiny - an update - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance LLP
                                                          • Are the EIRs too broad, and is it time to revisit the concept of ‘remoteness’? - Damien Welfare, Cornerstone Barristers
                                                          • ICO’s new guide to the Freedom of Information Act - Helen Rose, Bristows
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant & Amy Cullen, Bristows

                                                           

                                                          Jan/Feb 2012
                                                          Volume 8, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOIA’s future hangs in balance
                                                          • Court rules in favour of late raised exemptions
                                                          • Justice Select Committee calls for evidence
                                                          • MP begs government to curb ‘bonkers’requests
                                                          • Celebrating the FOI Officer

                                                          Articles

                                                          • What are the likely changes to rules on proactive publication? - Eleanor Tunnicliffe & Alistair Robertson, DAC Beachcroft LLP
                                                          • Kevin Dunion - through unchartered territory - James McGachie, DLA Piper
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal - Hazel Grant & Amy Cullen, Bristows
                                                          • The development of FOI in Eastern Europe - Part 2 - Paul Byfield, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
                                                          • FOI, higher education institutions and the value of knowledge - Charles Livingstone, Brodies LLP

                                                           

                                                          Nov/Dec 2011
                                                          Volume 8, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOIA gets first appraisal
                                                          • FOIA is extended
                                                          • Councillors use FOI law to find out what is happening in the own council
                                                          • ICO publishes guidance for higher education authorities
                                                          • Role of FOI in Fox resignation

                                                          Articles

                                                          • None of our business? Private emails, FOI and lawful interception - Jonathan Baines, Buckinghamshire County Council
                                                          • Back to basics Part VI - the transparency agenda - Helen Rose, Bristows
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal -  Hazel Grant & Amy Cullen, Bristows
                                                          • The development of FOI in Eastern Europe - Part I - Paul Byfield, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

                                                           

                                                          Sept/Oct 2011
                                                          Volume 8, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • List of empty houses at large 
                                                          • Tribunal considers bigger picture 
                                                          • Section 12 costs calculations should be set out in Refusal Notices
                                                          • Tobacco firm using FOI law to access secret academic data

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Data, data everywhere but not a drop to sync - Eleanor Tunnicliffe & Alistair Robertson, Beachcroft LLP
                                                          • Private sewers - transferring the records - Jane Holden, Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and Tribunal -  Hazel Grant & James Brunger, Bristows
                                                          • Back to FOI Basics Part V - reviews, complaints and appeals - Helen Rose & Ash Von Schwan, Bristows
                                                          • Aggregating public interests under the EIRs - Rachel Kamm, 11KBW

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2011
                                                          Volume 7, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Transport department’s drive for greater transparency
                                                          • UK uncovers ‘most ambitious’ open data agenda in the world
                                                          • ICO accused of waving white flag to Cabinet Office over delays
                                                          • Birmingham CC does its ‘level best’ to deal with FOI

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Back to FOI Basics Part IV - Information Handling - Helen Rose, Bristows
                                                          • Personal data exemption 1 - anonymised data given the OK - Simon Weinberg, Matthew Arnold & Baldwin
                                                          • Personal data exemption 2 - abortion statistics are not personal data - Robin Hopkins, 11KBW
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner and First Tier Tribunal - Hazel Grant & Sacha Wilson, Bristows
                                                          • Late reliance and the costs exemption - Paul Dacam, Jamie Potter and Tom Mabbott, Hogan Lovells International LLP 

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2011
                                                          Volume 7, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Scottish FOI guidance launched
                                                          • Cabinet Office delays over dossier
                                                          • Notice on Tribunal website dictates change

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Back to FOI Basics Part III – Publication Schemes – Helen Rose, Associate, Bristows
                                                          • The right to change your mind – a public authority’s prerogative – Paul Dacam, Partner, Jamie Potter, Associate, and Tom Mabbott, Trainee Solicitor, Hogan Lovells International LLP
                                                          • FOI in Scotland: where are we now and where are we going? – Emma Gilpin, Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal – Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2011
                                                          Volume 7, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Egypt tweets cut off
                                                          • ICO provides top tips for FOI
                                                          • Updated guidance for Scottish Public Authorities

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Back to FOI basics - ‘the request’ - Helen Rose, Associate, Bristows
                                                          • Transparency, current procurements and the future -Jackie Gray, Director, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • Environmental information is a no-flow - Patricia Barratt, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance LLP
                                                          • FOI, Cabinet Minutes and the Ministerial Veto - Ciaran Ward, Information Officer, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
                                                          • Changes to FOI and the Protection of Freedoms Bill - Jackie Gray, Director, Dickinson Dees

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2011
                                                          Volume 7, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Who needs freedom of information laws when you've got Wikileaks?
                                                          • ICO orders disclosure of asylum seekers information
                                                          • BBC contracts subject to FOI

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Back to FOI Basics Part I – ‘The Request’ – Helen Rose, Associate, Bristows
                                                          • Case study: FOI requests at an NHS Trust – Claire Robson, Information Rights Manager, Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
                                                          • Political donations, dropped prosecutions & personal data - Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Associate, Beachcroft LLP
                                                          • Transparency programme: redactions and exemptions - Jackie Gray, Director, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • Recent decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2010
                                                          Volume 7, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Scottish Commissioner’s response - extending FOISA?
                                                          • Tribunal retains legal professional privilege
                                                          • Commissioner rules against FSA

                                                          Articles

                                                          • The Transparency Programme starts to bite - Jackie Gray and Sarah Thompson, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • English Heritage and the Environmental Information Regulations - Jessica Trevitt, English Heritage
                                                          • Should we expect to see changes to the Freedom of Information Act any time soon? - James McGachie, DLA Piper Scotland LLP
                                                          • Recent Decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Grays Inn Square
                                                          • Book Review - Victoria Hordern, Field Fisher Waterhouse

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2010
                                                          Volume 7, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • ICO publishes new FOI policy
                                                          • Academy proprietors within FOI Act
                                                          • Royal Mail to disclose complaints details
                                                          • Government's bid to maintain secrecy surrounding Heseltine resignation

                                                          Articles

                                                          • FOIA and EIRs exemptions - legal professional privilege, by Flora Greenwood, Trainee Solicitor, and Hazel Grant, Partner, Bristows
                                                          • Raising the exemptions - better late than never? - Eleanor Tunnicliffe and Alistair Robertson, Solicitors in the Public Law team, Beachcroft
                                                          • Life after a Practice Recommendation - Andrew Goodfellow, Senior Information Governance Officer, Nottingham City Council
                                                          • FOI developments at an EU level - ECJ brews up a storm in Bavarian Lager - Ciaran Ward, Information Manager, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square,

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2010
                                                          Volume 6, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Government withholds documents because of risk of criticism
                                                          • Council could ‘clearly improve’ detail recorded
                                                          • New guidance on appeals to the First Tier Tribunal

                                                          Articles

                                                          • The government’s transparency commitments - what do they mean in practice? - Jackie Gray, Director, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • FOIA and EIRs exemptions Part V - prejudice to law enforcement - Rachel Burfitt, Solicitor, and Hazel Grant, Partner, Bristows
                                                          • Identity of FOI requesters (who wants to know?) - Paul Dacam, Partner and Jamie Potter, Associate, Hogan Lovells International LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2010
                                                          Volume 6, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Commissioner breaches EIRs
                                                          • ‘Disturbing’ setback for FOI over Macaque decision
                                                          • Group using FOI to delay views on tuition fees?
                                                          • Correspondence on Katanga not protected

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Mortgage company signs Undertaking
                                                          • FOIA and EIRs exemptions Part IV - prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs - Hazel Grant, Partner, and Helen Rose, Associate, Bristows
                                                          • Exemption for confidential material narrowed by the Tribunal? - Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Solicitor, and Alistair Robertson, Solicitor - Beachcroft LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2010
                                                          Volume 6, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • MoJ reveals (in)tolerance for Twittering
                                                          • HMRC fails to respond over who gets taxed less
                                                          • Delays 'completely and unacceptably' undermine spirit of FOIA
                                                          • Freedom of Information televised

                                                          Articles

                                                          • The public interest test - over to the Court of Justice - Patricia Barratt, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance LLP
                                                          • FOIA and EIRs exemptions Part III - personal data exemption - Hazel Grant, Partner, and Leane Shankster, trainee solicitor, Bristows
                                                          • Requests for 'copies' and the 'true identity' of applicants - does it matter? - Christine O’Neill, Partner, and Charles Livingstone, Associate, Brodies Solicitors
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2010
                                                          Volume 6, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • University of East Anglia breached FOIA
                                                          • Council withholds information from whistleblowers
                                                          • Cabinet Office to disclose peer’s residency
                                                          • SIC issues guidance on validity of FOI requests

                                                          Articles

                                                          • FOI and EIRs exemptions Part II - commercially sensitive information - Hazel Grant, Partner, and Sam Ryan, Bird & Bird
                                                          • A loophole in commercial confidentiality? - Jackie Gray, Director, Dickinson Dees LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister,  2-3 Gray's Inn Square
                                                          • Towards a FOI culture in the EU? - Ciaran Ward, Information Officer, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
                                                          • FOI and release of third party documents - FOI news team

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2009
                                                          Volume 6, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • School fails on four counts over questionnaire
                                                          • BBC wins eight out of eight cases in November
                                                          • Top most complained about companies protected from disclosure

                                                          Articles

                                                          • FOI and EIRs exemptions Part I - controversial confidentiality - Hazel Grant, Bristows
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
                                                          • Animal experiments - putting FOI to the test? - David Thomas, BUAV
                                                          • FOI and the financial services industry - who’s on top? - Patricia Barratt, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2009
                                                          Volume 6, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Essex Police criticised for lack of engagement
                                                          • Brighton and Hove bath trouble
                                                          • ICO’s property search guidance prompts cries of cowboys
                                                          • Obama appeals for abuse photos to be kept secret

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal and the High Court - Hazel Grant and Tessa Finlayson, Bird & Bird
                                                          • The extension of the Freedom of Information Act - James McGachie, DLA Piper
                                                          • FOI and the third sector - when disclosure is less than voluntary - Christine O’Neill and Susheela Math, Brodies LLP
                                                          • EIRs - navigating the complexities and pitfalls - Charles Brasted, Lovells LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2009
                                                          Volume 5, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Government annouces new Code
                                                          • ICO hits back over 'delays'
                                                          • Delays in the Caymans

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Public sector salaries - a trend towards more, not less? - Patricia Barratt, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance LLP
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Grays Inn Square
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Tribunal - Hazel Grant, Partner, Bird & Bird

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2009
                                                          Volume 5, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • BBC board members' expenses to be made public
                                                          • Treasury says no to stress tests
                                                          • ICO upholds section 42 for purchase of parish
                                                          • ICO agrees with Cabinet Office over costs limit

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Practical ways of distinguishing FOI and EIR requests - Lynn Aglionby, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
                                                          • Is open government good government? - Andrew Watson, Senior Lecturer, University of Northumbria
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner - FOI news team, PDP, and Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
                                                          • The Information Commissioner’s Swan Song - Natalie Hunt, Associate, Hunton & Williams

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2009
                                                          Volume 5, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Consultation on new Tribunal
                                                          • No disclosure for curiosity's sake
                                                          • 'Surprising' level of abuse at job centres
                                                          • Progressive resources for voluntary sector in Scotland

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Housing associations and the EIR- the impact of Belfast and Wesley - Henry Longbottom, Senior Associate, and Rachel Lindop, Associate, Herbert Smith
                                                          • LPP exemption - new clarity from the High Court? - Anna Condliffe, Lawyer, Herbert Smith
                                                          • FOI India: overcoming the secrecy culture - Nick Graham, Partner, and Michael Loffler, Lawyer, Denton Wilde Sapte

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2009
                                                          Volume 5, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Job applicants' data not exempt
                                                          • Commissioner fails to recognise personal data
                                                          • Tribunal orders release of Iraq dossier
                                                          • President Obama's 'new era of openness'

                                                          Articles

                                                          • New ICO guidance on vexatious requests - Hazel Grant, Partner, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Serious delays still affecting ICO decisions - Patricia Barratt, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner - FOI news team, PDP, and Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2008
                                                          Volume 5, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Ps' addresses to stay secret?
                                                          • FOI no longer fragile flower
                                                          • Kent County Council tells all about Ten Alps
                                                          • Register of employers released

                                                          Articles

                                                          • The new approach to publication schemes - Patricia Barratt, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Publication of minutes, agendas & background papers - the latest guidance - Jackie Gray, and Julie Prior, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • Nationalisation of Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock - an FOI perspective - James Dimmick, Pinsent Masons
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2008
                                                          Volume 5, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Model publication scheme 2009
                                                          • Nuclear authority right to withhold report
                                                          • Police forced to publish perks
                                                          • Scottish ICO orders release of tender information

                                                          Articles

                                                          • The ‘expansive approach’ to freedom of information - are the courts reining it in? - James Thorne and Doug Watson, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
                                                          • Protecting the dead - or guarding against them? - Dr Teresa Bastow, Head of The National Archives 'Freedom of Information' Centre, The National Archives
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner Damien Welfare, Barrister, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square
                                                          • The ICO’s Annual Report The Freedom of Information - Team at PDP

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2008
                                                          Volume 4, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Secret Stansted data to be made public
                                                          • New Northern Ireland Assistant Commissioner
                                                          • Force to disclose
                                                          • Hostels kept secret

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Proposed revisions of Regulation 1049/2001 - a step too far? - Niamh Grogan and Gordon Christian, SJ Berwin LLP
                                                          • The commercial prejudice exemption - coming into its own? - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2008
                                                          Volume 4, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Deputy gives annual FOI conference candid presentation
                                                          • First government department to be issued a formal practice recommendation by ICO
                                                          • Council pay rates on 'rich list'
                                                          • ICO guidance for handling FOI and EIR

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Can public authorities argue new FOIA exemptions or EIR exceptions on appeal? – Jeremy Ison, Clifford Chance
                                                          • The Freedom of Information Act’s approach to the form and format of information – Rhian Hill and Hazel Grant, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Recent decisions of the Commissioner – Winter 2008 – Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2008
                                                          Volume 4, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • ‘John Lewis list’ disclosed by Commons
                                                          • FOI ban on Northern Rock “unacceptable”
                                                          • Kevin Dunion reappointed
                                                          • NOMS receive practice recommendation

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Public sector contracts and prices - what must be disclosed? - Jackie Gray, Dickinson Dees
                                                          • Bavarian Lager - Rosemary Jay and James Muse, Pinsent Masons
                                                          • Recent decisions by Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square
                                                          • Is there privacy for public sector workers? - Hazel Grant and Rhian Hill, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Book review: Information Rights - Rosemary Jay, Pinsent Masons

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2008
                                                          Volume 4, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FSA must name and shame mystery-shopped advisors
                                                          • Local waste contracts to be disclosed
                                                          • ITV and SKY caught by FOIA?
                                                          • FOI to be extended

                                                          Articles

                                                          • NHS Lothian case: the disclosure of private finance initiative contract - Hazel Moffat, DLA Piper
                                                          • The Environmental Information Regulations get a radiation burn: Ofcom and Sitefinder - Andrew Sharpe, Charles Russell
                                                          • The Freedom of Information Act: A sword rather than a shield approach - Jimmy Desai and David Jones, Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons
                                                          • Records Management and Freedom of Information - been there, done that, but do you have a practice recommendation yet? - Philip Jones, Staffordshire County Council
                                                          • A look back at 2007 and a glimpse at what’s to come in 2008 - Rosemary Jay, Pinsent Masons

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2007
                                                          Volume 4, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI fees - no change after public outcry
                                                          • Prime Minister commits to more open government and wider access
                                                          • Council’s reputation at risk from poor records
                                                          • Groundbreaking Scottish ruling - NHS Lothian
                                                          • MP forced to reveal £40,000 travel expenses

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Legal advice and the Commissioner’s power to issue an Information Notice - Kelly Harris and Tracy Marshall, Shepherd and Wedderburn
                                                          • The Freedom of Information Act - does it ever apply to banks and financial institutions? - Jimmy Desai and David Jones, Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons
                                                          • Recent decisions by the Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square
                                                          • Government consultation to bring private organisations into FOIA - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2007
                                                          Volume 4, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Ofcom’s phone mast website may shut down after ruling
                                                          • FSA set to appeal ICO decision
                                                          • Tax gap scrutinised by the ICO
                                                          • Guidance for sharing information

                                                          Articles

                                                          • The “Vauxhall Tower” decision in the Information Tribunal - a milestone case for the right to know – Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square
                                                          • Section 237(6) of the Enterprise Act and FOI law – an English and Scottish dichotomy – Simon Holmes and Gordon Christian, SJ Berwin
                                                          • When is information “held” under FOIA? – Hui Min Ch’ng, Field Fisher Waterhouse
                                                          • Recent decisions by the Information Commissioner - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2007
                                                          Volume 3, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • House of Lords ensure Parliament bound by FOI laws
                                                          • BBC in exclusion row
                                                          • Cover up over Deepcut deaths?
                                                          • MPs expenses to be made transparent

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Will the Information Commissioner get new teeth? - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Freedom of Information in the EU - Andrew Sharpe, Charles Russell
                                                          • Release of employee information - decisions of the Scottish Information Commissioner - Grant S Campbell, Brodies
                                                          • Recent decisions by the Commissioner - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          April/May 2007
                                                          Volume 3, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • MPs block attempts to exempt Parliament from FOI law
                                                          • Information Tribunal develops backlog
                                                          • Commissioner may intervene in leukaemia case
                                                          • Publication schemes should include environmental information

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Review and appeals - the latest thinking - Rosemary Jay, Pinsent Masons
                                                          • Differing approaches to statutory prohibitions on disclosure - Kelly Harris and Alison White, Shepherd and Wedderburn
                                                          • Disclosing staff salaries and similar information - Jan Willem van den Bos, Denton Wilde Sapte

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2007
                                                          Volume 3, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Delay to fees changes may see plans scrapped
                                                          • FOI - according to the ICO
                                                          • Openness creates pension problems for Chancellor
                                                          • Requests for access to images of dead body
                                                          • Patients leaving hospital with surgical implements inside them

                                                          Articles

                                                          • FOI and confidentiality - when will information be protected - Hazel Grant, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Spotlight of FOI moves closer to the heart of government - Marcus Turle, Field Fisher Waterhouse
                                                          • Recent decisions - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2007
                                                          Volume 3, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • The MPs exemption - Falconer warns off Ministers
                                                          • Council ordered to disclose property addresses
                                                          • Derry City Council must disclose Ryanair deal
                                                          • Liverpool Council ordered to release prostitution documents
                                                          • The mystery of David Beckham’s video portrait

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Freedom of Information - not at a cost - Jackie Gray, Walker Morris
                                                          • Information - for free or for sale? - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Court orders disclosure of medical information - Hazel Moffat, DLA Piper
                                                          • Scottish Executive ordered to release sensitive government information - Hazel Moffat, DLA Piper
                                                          • Information Tribunal - exemptions decisions - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2006
                                                          Volume 3, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI has led to greater trust in public authorities
                                                          • Exemption for ‘politically embarrassing material’
                                                          • FOI media coverage continuing to expand
                                                          • ICO adopts service level agreements
                                                          • Council forced to disclose information it denied having

                                                          Articles

                                                          • FOI Exemptions - Part VII - Hazel Grant and Alice Sculthorpe, Bird & Bird
                                                          • FOI requests - can contractual provisions adequately protect 3rd parties? - Varun Shingari and Mirza Ahmad, Birmingham City Council
                                                          • FOI in practice - Hertfordshire Constabulary - Barry Bland, Hertford Constabulary
                                                          • Unanswered questions relating to a simple FOI request - or a personal account of a request that failed? – Dr Chris Pounder, Pinsent Masons

                                                           

                                                          September/October
                                                          Volume 3, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI/EIR - differences resolved?
                                                          • OPSI expects higher standard ‘re-use’
                                                          • FOI crisis in Australia
                                                          • Consultancy declared a ‘public authority’ under EIRs

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Pernod v OFT - FOIA is trumped by the Enterprise Act - Gordon Christian and Simon Holmes, SJ Berwin
                                                          • The Vauxhall Tower decision - opening up submissions to Ministers - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square
                                                          • Operating a robust FOI regime - decisions of the Scottish Information Commissioner worth knowing - Hazel Moffat, DLA Piper
                                                          • Uncomfortable disclosures - identity cards - Jimmy Desai, Tarlo Lyons
                                                          • Book review - Freedom of Information handbook – Jimmy Desai, Tarlo Lyons

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2006
                                                          Volume 2, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Constitutional Affairs Committee critiques FOI
                                                          • Publication schemes - ICO publishes new ‘policy’
                                                          • Fire at two records storage facilities - coincidence?
                                                          • Brown forced to reveal pensions information
                                                          • Records management ‘must be improved’

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Focus on enforcement - stopping public authorities from releasing information - Jeremy Ison, Clifford Chance
                                                          • The vexed question of vexatious requests - Marcus Turle, Field Fisher Waterhouse
                                                          • ‘A new chapter in openness’ - do the statistics agree? - Benjamin Beabey, Farrer & Co
                                                          • The National Archives workbook - Kevin Smith, The National Archives
                                                          • Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - one year on – David Maldon, ITI Scotland

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2006
                                                          Volume 2, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Enforcement Notice issued on Iraq war advice
                                                          • DCA publishes annual report on operation of FOI in Central Government
                                                          • Commissioner grilled by Select Committee
                                                          • Commissioner urges communication with requesters

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Vexatious Requests, the Commissioner's first decision - Julia Apostle, Financial Times
                                                          • Understanding the Environmental Information Regulations - Damien Welfare, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
                                                          • The FOI Act Exemptions Part VI - Hazel Grant and John Pullicino, Bird & Bird
                                                          • FOI Manual by Marcus Turle, Book Review - Usha Jagessar, DLA Piper

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2006
                                                          Volume 2, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Local authority correct to treat requests as vexatious
                                                          • Media perspective on FOI
                                                          • DCA surprised at commercial bias in FOI requests
                                                          • FOI boosts records management
                                                          • 2005 statistics for ICO complaints
                                                          • Requesters can be asked reason for request

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Confidentiality and Commercial Interest, the verdict so far - Claire Walker, Olswang
                                                          • Ten things you need to know about the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations - Carolyn Bigg, Charles Russell
                                                          • Focus on Enforcement - Case Handling by the Information Tribunal - Jeremy Ison, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Electronic Records Management Part VI - Digital Preservation – Kelvin Smith, The National Archives

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2006
                                                          Volume 2, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI - fees may be imposed
                                                          • Information Tribunal pushes boundaries in its first decisions
                                                          • FOI leads to better food standards
                                                          • Central Government - trends in FOI requests
                                                          • Backlog at Commissioner's office
                                                          • Education secretary ordered to disclose records

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Information Tribunal - the First Five Cases - Dan Tench, Olswang
                                                          • The FOI Act Exemptions Part V - Hazel Grant, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Electronic Records Management Part V - Digital Preservation - Kelvin Smith, The National Archives
                                                          • Use of Council Employee Data for Direct Marketing - Usha Jagessar, DLA Piper

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2005
                                                          Volume 2, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI may allow access to records of the deceased
                                                          • 40% of NHS Trusts fail to respond to FOI requests
                                                          • Information delays criticised by editors
                                                          • Wartime records to be released
                                                          • Economic data to be published by Chancellor?
                                                          • Surgeons' mortality rates unlikely to be accessible under FOI
                                                          • Increase in FOI requests by voluntary groups

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Focus on Enforcement - the Information Commissioner's Approach to Case Handling - Jeremy Ison, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Requesting Information on the Deceased - Usha Jagessar, DLA Piper
                                                          • Electronic Records Management Part IV - File Plan Structure – Kelvin Smith, The National Archives

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2005
                                                          Volume 2, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • BBC spends over £400,000 on FOI compliance
                                                          • Complaints - the state of play
                                                          • Companies using agencies to seek information
                                                          • New NHS code on records management proposed
                                                          • Latest on Information Fair Trader Scheme
                                                          • New German FOI law
                                                          • Zambia demands FOI law
                                                          • Scots delight in making FOI requests

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Electronic Records Management Part III - Evaluation and Appraisa - Kelvin Smith, The National Archives
                                                          • Commercial Interests - the Shawcross Decision - Nicolas Gray, Herbert Smith
                                                          • FOI and Commercial Litigation - Richard Grandison and Lisette Aguilar, Slaughter and May
                                                          • Commercial Withholding under FOI law - David Mallon, ITI Scotland

                                                           

                                                          July/August 2005
                                                          Volume 1, Issue 6

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • Commercial secrets likely to be more readily available
                                                          • Commissioner's First Annual Report published
                                                          • Scottish Commissioner takes it personally
                                                          • Pernod seeks Bacardi figures
                                                          • Isle of Wight residents make full use of FOIA

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Electronic Records Management Part II - Managing records on LAN - Kelvin Smith, The National Archives
                                                          • The FOI Act Exemptions Part IV - Hazel Grant and Emily Unwin, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Statutory Prohibitions - opportunities missed - Usha Jagessar and Julia Apostle, DLA Piper
                                                          • The Re-use of Public Sector Information - Anna-Marie Harty and Brian Jones, Herbert Smith

                                                           

                                                          May/June 2005
                                                          Volume 1, Issue 5

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • ICO agrees rules of FOI disclosure by government
                                                          • NHS Trust urged to adopt blanket disclosure ban
                                                          • Information Commissioner assesses current position
                                                          • India's new FOI law
                                                          • Restaurants under fire
                                                          • FOI in the United States – more difficult to obtain information
                                                          • Law firms seek information restrictions

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Electronic Records Management First Steps Part I - Kelvin Smith, The National Archives
                                                          • FOI in the UK, a Survey - Jim Amos, The Constitution Unit University College London
                                                          • FOI Act Exemptions Part III - Hazel Grant, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Queensland's FOI Processing Initiative - Gerry Cottle, Queensland Treasury
                                                          • The Media Experience of FOI Law So Far - Keith Mathieson, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

                                                           

                                                          March/April 2005
                                                          Volume 1, Issue 4

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI to be extended to private companies after election
                                                          • Requests top 8,000 in first two months of new law
                                                          • Iraq invasion - information disclosure
                                                          • Local authority decisions
                                                          • FOI Select Committee report - the government's response
                                                          • Press Complaints Commission escapes FOI
                                                          • Information Commissioner's role clarified
                                                          • EIR Code and fee guidance

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Could Copyright be an Obstacle to an Effective FOI Regime? - Julia Apostle and Mark Lawry, DLA Piper
                                                          • S.36 FOI Act and the Governmental Goldfish Bowl - Rosalind Ashcroft, Beachcroft Wansbroughs
                                                          • The Impact of FOI Laws on Academic Research - Susan Calman and David Gourlay, Dundas & Wilson

                                                           

                                                          January/February 2005
                                                          Volume 1, Issue 3

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI Act in force
                                                          • Government accused of mass document destruction
                                                          • VAT on FOI requests
                                                          • Utilities - need to check information disclosure
                                                          • PSI implementation imminent
                                                          • Environmental Information Regulations published
                                                          • Scottish FOI decision
                                                          • Doctors' performance to be exposed

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Disclosures of Information by Business Regulator - John O'Hara, Denton Wilde Sapte and Marcus Turle, Field Fisher Waterhouse
                                                          • FOI Act Exemptions Part II - Hazel Grant and Rachel Fetches, Bird & Bird
                                                          • The Law of Freedom of Information by John Macdonald and Clive H Jones, book review
                                                          • The Realities of FOI, a Canadian Perspective - Professor Alasdair Roberts, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

                                                           

                                                          November/December 2004
                                                          Volume 1, Issue 2

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI fees to be scrapped
                                                          • Private companies must act on FOI as soon as possible
                                                          • Government guidance on FOI published
                                                          • Survey reveals Government bodies not ready for FOI
                                                          • Will FOI compliance lead to copyright breaches?

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Impact of Environmental Regulations - Prof. Brian Jones, Herbert Smith
                                                          • FOI Act Exemptions Part I - Hazel Grant, Bird & Bird
                                                          • Practical Implications of the Records Management Code - Kelvin Smith, The National Archives
                                                          • FOI Impact on Non-public Organisations - Andrew Sharpe, Charles Russell

                                                           

                                                          September/October 2004
                                                          Volume 1, Issue 1

                                                           

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                                                          News Items

                                                          • FOI fees still uncertain
                                                          • Commercial secrets could be revealed under FOI
                                                          • Government vetos to be scrutinised
                                                          • FOI guidance imminent
                                                          • Officials salaries to remain confidential

                                                          Articles

                                                          • Preparing for the January deadline - Marcus Turle, Field Fisher Waterhouse
                                                          • FOI, practical guide to implementing the Act (book review) - Kelvin Smith
                                                          • FOI and the Private Sector - Patricia Barratt, Clifford Chance
                                                          • Managing two FOI regimes in Scotland - David Mallon, MacRoberts Solrs
                                                          • Confidentiality v FOI - Keith Mathieson, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain

                                                           
                                                           
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