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Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions: What do they mean in practice?

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The Information Commissioner has issued over 9,000 decision notices under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations – while the Information Rights Tribunal has published over 1,700 decisions. A number of appeals to the Upper Tribunal and courts have also been decided. These complex decisions are essential materials for anyone trying to understand what public authorities must do to comply with the legislation.

This course, now in its eleventh year, is aimed at experienced FOI practitioners and others with a good working knowledge of the legislation. It highlights the latest developments in the way the exemptions, public interest test and the legislation’s procedural requirements are being interpreted.

The course will cover the most significant FOI decisions issued since the previous course in June 2016. The content will therefore depend on the cases decided in that period, but typically addresses issues such as:

  • “Fair” & “unfair” disclosures of personal data.
  • The FOI/EIR border.
  • The application of specific exemptions such as those for breach of confidence and commercial interests.
  • Where the public interest line is being drawn.
  • Vexatious requests.
  • The cost limit, aggregating requests, invalid requests, advice & assistance and other administrative provisions.

Individual tickets for this event are £220.

There are discounts available for multiple bookings:

2 tickets are £385 (saving £55)
3 tickets are £495 (saving £165)
4 tickets are £605 (saving £275)
5 tickets are £715 (saving £385)

Discounts will be applied automatically when placing up to 5 tickets in your basket.

We also need to collect names and details for all attendees that you are booking for. You will be asked to fill out a name and email contact for each attendee.

If you would like to book more than 5 tickets for this event, please email admin@cfoi.org.uk.

For general enquiries, please contact Katherine Gundersen on 020 7324 2519.


Maurice Frankel has worked for the Campaign for Freedom of Information (CFOI) since it was set up in 1984 and has been its Director since 1987.

To read more about Maurice’s work, please click here.

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