Information Law Management Update


Wednesday 7 October 2015, 9.30am – 1.00pm, Browne Jacobson, Birmingham

Presented by Browne Jacobson and Sharpe Pritchard

Seminar overview

This seminar will examine recent trends and developments in Information Law, as well as points to note for the year ahead. In particular, we will focus on:

  • an update on the EU Data Protection Regulation and what it will mean for Local Authorities;
  • data sharing in the public sector – this is an increasingly common issue for Local Authorities and others in the public sector. Many public bodies now share personal data with other organisations, not least as a result of greater use of shared service models and more joined-up working with, for example, the health service and social care organisations. We will examine what the key legal issues are and how to manage them; and
  • an update on trends and lessons learned (examining recent cases) regarding the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.

This course is aimed at an intermediate level and assumes a basic understanding of the key principles regarding Information Law. It is suitable for data protection officers, FOIA practitioners and lawyers with an interest or involvement in Information Law matters.

Topics to be covered include:

Data Protection Act:

  • Update on EU Data Protection Regulation – progress, implementation and what it will mean for local authorities
  • Data Sharing in the Public Sector – issues, lessons learned and helpful tips

Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations:

  • Case update
  • Recent trends and lessons learned

Duration: Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker profiles:

Ros Foster became a partner at Browne Jacobson from 1st May 2013. Having started her career in local government, Ros continues to act for local authority clients on a range of vires and judicial review matters. Ros has acted on a variety of threatened judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Local Government Ombudsman, and regularly advises the National Audit Office on public law matters.

Ros also leads the firm’s Information Law practice and advises a range of public sector clients on information governance (including the Data Protection Act 1998 and the common law duty of confidentiality), the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations. Ros has recently advised a variety of clients on data sharing and the information management/governance aspects thereof, and has assisted in drafting data sharing agreements and protocols between a variety of public sector organisations.

Dmitrije Sirovica is a Solicitor working within the administrative law team of Browne Jacobson. Dmitrije assists a range of clients with information law matters including local authorities, NHS bodies and schools. Dmitrije regularly contributes articles to the firm’s Public Matters newsletter by way of updates on information law matters.

Gareth Oldale is Head of Technology and Data at Sharpe Pritchard.  He works with clients on major projects predominantly in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors and spends much of his time advising on IT and business process outsourcing projects and on all aspects of procurement in the public and private sectors.  He is regularly instructed by a broad range of public sector clients to advise on information law, data protection and privacy issues, cloud computing, internet law, e-commerce, broadband, wi-fi and networking, IP and software licensing, hosting and data centre issues, freedom of information and state aid matters.

Louisa Williams is a solicitor in the technology and data law team at Sharpe Pritchard. She advises a variety of public sector clients on public procurement law, contract law, IT and business process outsourcing, data protection and freedom of information compliance. Louisa also regularly assists partners on major local government and central government ICT projects, and has a particular interest in advising on data sharing arrangements.


How to book

To book a place on this seminar please contact Julie Scheller on 0845 272 5701 or email julie.scheller@freeths.co.uk

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