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Online - Freedom of Information Exemptions
Correctly identifying and applying the exemptions to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act is one of the main legal and practical challenges that public authorities face on a daily basis. This interactive workshop focuses entirely on the FOI exemptions in Part 2 of the Act. Using case studies, recent cases and ICO guidance, the course tutor examines each exemption in turn, with particular emphasis on the most widely used exemptions including Section 21, 36, 40, 41 and 43. We will also examine what makes a good Refusal Notice.

This is an intermediate workshop primarily aimed at people who have some experience of handling FOI requests but wish to enhance and develop their knowledge of the exemptions and how to apply them in practice.

Alongside the tutor’s expert knowledge of the FOI , the case studies and exercises will enhance your knowledge of the FOI exemptions.
DATES & COST
£389 + VAT
Date 08 Dec 2021
Time 10am to 4pm
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Date 27 Jan 2022
Time 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Date 16 Feb 2022
Time 10:00am to 4:00pm
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Date 09 Mar 2022
Time 10:00am to 4:00pm
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KEY POINTS
The types of exemption; absolute and qualified

Prejudice based exemptions-how do they work in practice?

Qualified exemptions- how to do a Public Interest Test

Requests involving personal data

Administrative exemptions

National Security, Public Safety exemptions

Justice exemptions

Communications within and between institutions

Commercial Confidentiality exemptions

The EIR exemption

Neither confirm nor deny responses

Drafting a Refusal Notice

Internal Reviews and Enforcement
TESTIMONIALS
Excellent course presented by someone with actual 'work' experience in this field, rather than simply being lectured at
CH, Companies House
Excellent delivery of the course, materials provided beforehand and no question went unanswered. At the end of the day I was able to understand how and when to apply an FOI exemption as practical examples were given by the tutor.
RC, Uttlesford District Council
Course materials were excellent - especially the summaries of recent decisions. Very detailed look at exemptions, overall very helpful.
RA - New Forest
An excellent course presented by an extremely knowledgeable and approachable trainer. This has crystallised for me the approach to adopt when answering FOI Requests.
AW - East Staffs
Such a great course, Lynn gave really good examples when going through FOI exemptions.
LT, Companies House