Blackstone's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Edition 2

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The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published soon after enactment, they offer timely and expert commentary on the meaning and effects of the legislation, plus a copy of the Act itself. The guides are a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force on 1 January 2005, creating a new statutory 'right to open government'. It has imposed new duties on public authorities regarding the disclosure and handling of information.

The third edition of this popular guide offers the most up-to-date guidance on the Act. The narrative provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the Act, combined with lucid comment and analysis on the effect of the legislation. This Guide is essential reading for those working within, or advising, public bodies; those advising clients with a personal, professional, or commercial interest in obtaining information; and those advising business clients on the accessibility of commercially sensitive information. Clear, comprehensive guidance on the state of the law and practice. Incorporates, and discusses, relevant case law, as well as the growing body of decisions from the Information Commissioner, Information Tribunal, and the Scottish Information Commissioner. Straightforward, accessible layout makes this an excellent quick reference resource. Includes a Copy of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Codes of Practice, and the Environmental Information Regulations

About the Author:
John Wadham isSolicitor and Group Director Legal for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Jonathan Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Kelly Harris is a Solicitor specializing in public and freedom of information law at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

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"The Freedom of Information Act 2000 creates a new legal landscape, and this book provides an excellent guide to the new terrain. At 311 pages long, it can be properly described as a handbook. However, while it is small and light enough to be easily portable, it is sufficiently detailed to serve as a full introduction for a lawyer new to the field."-- New Law Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199277643
  • Publisher: Blackstone Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2005
  • Series: Blackstone's Guide Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Wadham is a solicitor and the Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He was formerly the Director of Liberty, the human rights organisation, and has written widely on human rights and civil liberties, including Blackstone's Guide to the Human Rights Act, now in its fourth edition.

Jonathan Griffiths is a solicitor and Senior Lecturer in law at Queen Mary, University of London. His primary research interests lie in the areas of information and intellectual property law. He has published widely on freedom of expression, media and copyright law.

Kelly Harris is a solicitor at Shepherd and Wedderburn, specialising in public law, including freedom of information and human rights. Prior to moving into the private sector, Kelly worked for a number of years as a government legal adviser both in England and New Zealand. She has written and spoken widely on freedom of information matters.

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Table of Contents

Freedom of information - an introduction
Freedom of information in other jurisdictions
Towards freedom of information in the United Kingdom
Access to information under the Freedom of Information Act Rights and Duties
Applications for information - procedure
Exempt information - general issues
Absolute exemptions
Qualified exemptions
Personal information and data protection
Historical records
App Text of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
App Draft Code of Practice under s 45
App Draft Code of Practice under s 46
App Extracts from Hansard
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