Information Law Update


26 April 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Geldards Nottingham

East Midlands

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. 

Lowri Phillips is a Partner in the Employment Department with over 16 years’ knowledge and hands on experience of all aspects of employment law, data protection and information law matters.

Lowri has significant expertise in advising both public authorities and private sector organisations on the application the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and other information law provisions. She advises organisations on their legal obligations and provides practical assistance in responding to requests made under the legislation. Lowri has extensive experience of dealing with the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) and regularly assists organisations in responding to appeals made to the ICO. Recently Lowri has been involved in providing assistance to a public authority in dealing with a criminal enquiry by the ICO.

Lowri trained with the firm after graduating from Exeter University with a first class degree in law in 1995. On qualifying she specialised in the field of Employment Law and subsequently diversified into data protection and information law matters. She was made a partner in 2012.

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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