Information law legal experts 

Our information law team provides advice to the public and private sectors on data protection, freedom of information and environmental information matters.

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force it was the biggest shake-up in data protection and privacy law in a generation. The requirements of the GDPR have since been enshrined in UK law in the Data Protection Act 2018 which will be unaffected by the UK leaving the EU.

With the advent of ever more developed technological solutions in our day to day lives, data protection will remain of critical importance to any business, public authority, third sector organisation or social enterprise collecting, storing and using the personal data of EU residents.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) give individuals and companies rights to ask public authorities whether they hold certain information and if they do the right to be given that information unless a relevant exemption applies. A vast amount of information is potentially accessible under FOIA and EIR and we provide advice to public authorities on their obligations in respect of requests received, the availability of any exemptions and the terms of the response to the enquirer.

We are acutely aware that information law requirements are often subject to tight timeframes. The size of our team and depth of our experience enables us to provide a rapid and responsive service to our clients ensuring that all relevant deadlines are adhered to.

Key contact

Emily Powell advises public and private bodies on their information law obligations. Emily is regularly asked to draft data sharing and data processing agreements for clients who need to ensure that data sharing and processing is carried out in a manner compliant with the GDPR and data protection act. She also advise on the drafting of privacy policies, including those for children and young persons.

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Our experience 

We have specialist expertise in highly regulated sectors including rail, technology, defence and housing which require us to understand and apply information law requirements in the context of the overarching regulatory requirements for these sectors.

We have a wealth of experience in provide advice to clients operating across multiple jurisdictions, both EU and non-EU and we are able to draw on this to ensure that information law requirements are met wherever a client may seek to operate.

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