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Information Law

Information law is at the forefront of the political agenda as the Government presses ahead with its transparency initiative. As cases continue to make the headlines, our expert Information Law team can help keep you safe from legal challenge while maintaining your organisation's interests.

The risks associated with incorrectly withholding or releasing information are high. Responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act make the headlines.

Journalists use requests to collect information that can be made into a story, and refusal of a request can be a story in itself. Pressure groups, disgruntled service users and employees understand that FOIA is a cheap and effective campaign tool, and will pursue their request with the Information Commissioner and beyond if they are not satisfied.

Compliance with the Data Protection Act is a key concern for public bodies wanting to share personal data, or use the data they hold in innovative ways. The consequences of breach can extend beyond reputational damage - the Information Commissioner has the power to impose fines up to £500,000.

Public bodies also have to navigate their obligations under the Environmental Information Regulations, legal duties of confidentiality attaching to commercial and personal information and rights to privacy.

The Open Data initiative - the idea that the public sector should make more of the information it holds available to the private sector for exploitation – presents challenges as well as opportunities.

What we do

Our Public Law team can provide expert and pragmatic advice on all these issues. We have extensive experience dealing with the Information Commissioner and Information Rights Tribunal.

We handle politically sensitive requests and can help you avoid the glare of the media spotlight. We're also used to dealing with vexatious requestors and drawing their correspondence to a close.

What we are known for

We think it's important to pass our knowledge on. We provide regular email updates and workshops for our clients, to help them keep ahead of the curve in this rapidly developing area.

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Our Lawyers - Lisa Broderick

Lisa Broderick

Partner Dublin

Lisa specialises in complex litigation particularly before the Irish…

Our Lawyers - Andrew Cousins

Andrew Cousins

Barrister Manchester

Andrew is a barrister in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft…

Our Lawyers - Anne Crofts

Anne Crofts

Partner London - Walbrook

Anne Crofts has over 20 years' experience advising on commercial issues…

Our Lawyers - Ioan Davies

Ioan Davies

Legal Director Leeds

Ioan Davies has been advising public and private sector clients since 2002…

Our Lawyers - Sophie Devlin

Sophie Devlin

Legal Director Newcastle

Sophie specialises in information law, and leads DAC Beachcroft's health…

Our Lawyers - Hamza Drabu

Hamza Drabu

Partner, Head of Health London - Walbrook

Hamza Drabu is a commercial lawyer who specialises in advising…

Our Lawyers - Victoria Fletcher

Victoria Fletcher

Senior Associate London - Walbrook

Victoria is a senior associate specialising in public procurement…

Our Lawyers - Anne-Marie Gregory

Anne-Marie Gregory

Senior Associate Bristol

Anne-Marie specialises in public law and corporate governance, with…

Our Lawyers - Darryn Hale

Darryn Hale

Partner London - Walbrook

Darryn specialises in information law in the health sector, including data…

Our Lawyers - Aidan Healy

Aidan Healy

Legal Director Dublin

Aidan Healy joined DAC Beachcroft Dublin in 2014, after having trained and…

Our Lawyers - David Hunt

David Hunt

Partner London - Walbrook

David Hunt is Chairman of the Financial Services division of DAC…

Our Lawyers - Rowena McCormack

Rowena McCormack

Partner Dublin

Rowena is a litigation specialist with considerable experience in dealing…

Our Lawyers - Campbell Normand

Campbell Normand

Partner Edinburgh

Campbell specialises in all areas of civil dispute resolution, including…

Our Lawyers - Brian Ormond

Brian Ormond

Partner Dublin

Brian joined DAC Beachcroft Dublin in February 2017 having worked in a…

Our Lawyers - Will Pickles

Will Pickles

Senior Associate Bristol

Will is a healthcare regulatory lawyer based in our Bristol office…

Our Lawyers - Gary Rice

Gary Rice

Partner Dublin

Gary is an experienced regulatory, information and commercial law…

Our Lawyers - Alistair Robertson

Alistair Robertson

Partner London - Walbrook

Alistair is a senior public lawyer with many years’ experience advising…

Our Lawyers - Niall Sexton

Niall Sexton

Senior Associate Dublin

Niall joined DAC Beachcroft in 2015 from a US based law firm in London…

Our Lawyers - Corinne Slingo

Corinne Slingo

Partner Bristol

Corinne leads the national Healthcare Regulatory team advising on all…

Our Lawyers - Chris Waite

Chris Waite

Partner Leeds

Chris specialises in contractual, commercial and constitutional issues in…

Our Lawyers - Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams

Partner Bristol

Nick advises public and private sector clients on commercial transactions…