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Public sector information law

Expert advice in relation to all aspects of information governance, data protection, freedom of information and privacy within the public and education sectors.

At Weightmans our dedicated public sector and education expert teams provide advice on all aspects of Information Law, including:

  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
  • Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005

We offer legal advice and practical support to local authorities, health trusts, police forces, schools and further/higher educations institutions on:

  • General duties and obligations
  • The drafting of information sharing protocols
  • Records management and information security
  • Managing security breaches
  • Subject access requests
  • FOIA requests
  • The use of CCTV
  • Powers to investigate criminal offences
  • Assisting with investigations undertaken by the Information Commissioner

Information is at the heart of everything the public and education sectors do. Ensuring good information governance is absolutely imperative. We can help you ensure compliance with ever increasingly complex requirements in this fast changing area of law.

Furthermore private sector organisations may also find their shared documentation and correspondence with public authority clients (e.g. tender and contract documentation), subject to FOIA requests. This is in addition to requests by employees, clients/service-users or complainants under the DPA for access to personal data, including highly sensitive information such as medical and occupational health records.

At Weightmans our professional team not only helps our clients implement procedures to enable them respond to such requests in a timely fashion, but can also step in with expert legal advice, when required, often at short notice.

With extensive and wide reaching experience advising on information law in both the public and education sectors and for a fast, reactive service, bespoke and off-the-peg training courses, contact a member of the team to find out how we can help you stay on the right side of information law.

Protecting personal data is key for us and we found that when working with Weightmans we were able to find watertight solutions to data protection questions in critical areas such as data sharing and data security


Kaushik Patel, Head of Risk and Compliance, Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Simon Goacher
"We are public sector experts in information governance, data protection, privacy, cyber liability and electronic communications."
Simon Goacher

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