Full Day Courses

An essential qualification for the modern FOI Officer

FOI Full Day Workshops

FOI and Personal Data

Examine the legal and practical issues that arise when dealing with requests for access to personal data under FOIA and EIR. This workshop provides a detailed examination of the relevant exemptions/exceptions and considers when they may be engaged. Acquire a better understanding of how to deal with requests for personal data; when it can be disclosed, or lawfully withheld, and how to justify a decision in a Refusal Notice.

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EIR Exceptions

Understand what is required to support a decision to withhold environmental information and how to draft an EIR Refusal Notice accordingly. This advanced level workshop will provide a detailed examination of the EIR exceptions and how they operate in practice; how the courts and tribunals have interpreted the exceptions and how this informs their practical application.

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The FOI Exemptions

Learn how to navigate one of the main legal and practical challenges that public authorities face on a daily basis; correctly identifying and applying the exemptions to disclosure under the FOIA. This interactive workshop focusses on the FOIA exemptions in Part 2 of the Act. Using case studies, recent cases and ICO guidance, we examine each exemption with particular emphasis on the most widely used exemptions and explore what makes a good Refusal Notice.

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Contracts and Commercial Confidentiality

Examine the legal and practical issues that arise when dealing with requests for access to contracts, tenders and commercially sensitive information. Understand the relevant exemptions/ exceptions in the FOIA and the EIR and consider when they may be engaged. Gain a greater confidence in dealing with requests for commercial information; when it can lawfully withheld, and how to justify a decision in a Refusal Notice.

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The FOI Act 2000

Gain a detailed overview of the main provisions of the FOIA with a particular focus on how to handle requests in a timely and effective manner. Learn which exemptions may be used to withhold information by completing practical case studies and exercises. This workshop is essential for all those working with FOIA to gain a good understanding of the Act.

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The Environmental Information Regulations

Explore the Environmental Information Regulations with a complete overview of how to handle requests under the EIR. This workshop considers the definition of environmental information in detail followed by an examination of the procedural aspects of dealing with EIR requests and the exceptions to disclosure.

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Cost & Timings


£399 plus VAT


£449 plus VAT

Timings: 10am to 4pm

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