Sophie Devlin - DAC Beachcroft

Sophie Devlin's Expertise

 

Sophie Devlin

Sophie advises public and private sector bodies on a range of matters such as statutory powers and duties, regulatory and governance issues and information law. She also deals with judicial reviews and statutory challenges.

She has in-depth experience of the public sector, having previously worked for a public authority and completing a secondment at a public sector client.

Information law

Sophie advises on a range of information law matters. Her work includes:

  • Requests under the Freedom of Information Act
  • Subject access requests under the Data Protection Act
  • Handling breaches under the Data Protection Act and claims for damages
  • Environmental Information Regulations requests
  • Data sharing agreements
  • Patient confidentiality

Sophie has experience of handling complex information law matters. Examples include advising an NHS Trust in relation to a contentious information request made by a high-profile individual, handling complaints to the Information Commissioner, and acting on an Information Rights Tribunal case for the Financial Reporting Council.

Judicial review

Sophie is an experienced litigator, having handled judicial reviews for NHS Resolution (formerly the NHS Litigation Authority), the Health Research Authority, NHS Trusts, and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Local Government

Having previously worked in local government, Sophie is well aware of the issues affecting authorities and advises both public and private sector bodies on local government issues. She acts as the Investigating Officer in standards complaints against elected members and advises authorities on constitutional and governance issues, as well as statutory powers and functions.

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