Information Law Update


Repeated from East Midlands

14 February 2017, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Sheffield City Council

Presented by Sharpe Pritchard and Geldards

Course overview

Suitable audience:

Lawyers dealing with data protection, freedom of information, contracts and procurement; data protection officers; FOIA practitioners; others with an interest in information law.


This course 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 General Data Protection Regulation and what it will mean for Local Authorities;
  • the EU-US privacy shield;
  • data protection, freedom of information, transparency and confidentiality in the context of public procurement; and
  • an update on trends and lessons learned regarding the Freedom of Information Act.

Interactive elements

[To be confirmed]

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice 

Presenter profiles: 

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, 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 Sharpe Pritchard’s technology and data law team. 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.  Louisa has a particular interest in advising on data protection matters, in particular in helping organisations “future proof” against the new EU General Data Protection Regulations. 

Lynn Wyeth is an information governance expert with 10 years’ experience as a practitioner and trainer. She is currently Head of Information Governance & Risk at Leicester City Council. She has responsibility for Freedom of Information, Environmental Information Regulations, Data Protection, Information Sharing, Information Risk, The Transparency Agenda, and RIPA. She also runs her own training company, Info Planet Ltd. She is the author of 2 books, ‘A Practical Guide to Handling Freedom of Information Requests’, and ‘Data Protection: Compliance in Practice’ and contributed a chapter to ‘Freedom Fighters or Lazy Journalism: Critical reflections on freedom of Information’ edited by John Mair and Tom Felle.  She regularly speaks at national conferences on information governance matters including for the Ark Group, Understanding ModernGov, NADPO and PDP.  She is currently undertaking a PhD at De Montfort University on Freedom of Information and the media/pressure groups in local government, and any unintended consequences. She is also a panel member and Vice Chair for ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) considering use of data in research proposals, and advised the Government of Jersey on the implementation of Freedom of Information legislation prior to its launch on the island. She is also a member of various Expert Reference Groups for the HSCIC and was a member of Dame Fiona Caldicott’s Expert Reference Group for the Data Security Review. As well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Rights, Lynn is a certified Healthcare Information Security & Privacy Professional (HCISPP) and holds the Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP). 

Steve Eccleston qualified as a solicitor in 1991, initially training and working as a family lawyer with Wake Smith & co in Sheffield. He joined Sheffield City Council in 1992 as a child care lawyer and general litigator and was appointed as Principal Solicitor for Litigation in 2000 and Assistant Director for Legal Services in 2010. He is the deputy monitoring officer for Sheffield and has responsibility for the Social Care, Civil Litigation and Governance teams. Steve has had conduct of various high profile cases over the years including Judicial Reviews into Sheffield’s Council Tax Support Scheme, leisure centre closures and library reorganisations. He is currently leading on Sheffield’s engagement with the Hillsborough Inquests and the case of Dillner v SCC concerning its highway maintenance and tree replacement programme in the High Court. He was the lead local authority lawyer in the case of H & L v A Local Authority [2011] regarding information sharing in child protection.

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