Training and Consultancy in Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Surveillance Law
FOI Practitioner Certificate
Course Structure

The course has been designed by leading FOI experts including Ibrahim Hasan and Susan Wolf, formerly a senior lecturer on the University of Northumbria's LLM in Information Rights Law.

Our aim is to teach delegates essential FOI knowledge and practical skills. Other courses are often geared towards simply passing an exam.

This course takes place over four days (one day per week) and involves lectures, discussion and practical drafting exercises. Time will also be spent at the end of each day discussing what issues delegates will face when implementing/advising on the topics of the day.

The four teaching days are followed by an online assessment and a practical project to be completed within one month. The project will be independently marked by an FOI expert and feedback given.

The Freedom of Information Act
  • Scope of FOI
  • Associated legislation
  • Publication Schemes
  • Transparency Agenda
  • Datasets and ROPSI
  • Right of Access
  • New S.45 Code
  • RM Code
  • The ICO, Enforcement and Appeals
  • Techniques for conducting FOI and legal research
Exemptions and Refusals (Part 1)
  • Exemptions in detail
  • Absolute exemptions
  • Qualified exemptions
  • Factors to consider
  • Latest ICO decisions
  • Tribunal cases
  • The Prejudice test
  • The Public Interest test
  • Case studies
  • Internal reviews
  • Drafting Refusal Notices
  • Common issues
Exemptions and Refusals (Part 2)
  • Popular exemptions
  • Section 36, Section 38, Section 40, Section 41 and Section 43
  • Contracts and Commercial information
  • Access to personal data
  • Deceased records
  • GDPR overlaps
  • Latest ICO decisions
  • Tribunal cases
  • Drafting Refusal Notices
  • Common requests
The Environmental Information Regulations
  • What is "environmental information"?
  • Proactive publication
  • Right of Access
  • The exceptions
  • The Public Interest test
  • Latest caselaw
  • Drafting Refusal Notices
  • Being an FOI Officer
  • Preparing for Tribunal
  • ICO Powers
  • Common issues, requests and problems
  • 30% weighting
  • 30 MCQ
  • 1 hour
  • 70% weighting
  • A choice from five case studies
  • 30 calendar days to complete
  • Minimum 50% in both elements
  • Final Calculated Grade:
    Total mark for both elements
  • Pass 50%, Merit 65%, Distinction 80%
In House Option - Why not bring the trainer to you to deliver this course at your premises at a substantially reduced cost? Contact us for more information.
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