REUTERS | Asmaa Waguih

Our quarterly freedom of information law update blogs focus on the latest developments in freedom of information law under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3391) (EIR). The blog will enable readers advising on freedom of information law to catch up on the most important cases, issues or developments on the topic. This post looks at freedom of information law developments from January to March 2017. In this post, we look at:

  • ICO decision notices.
  • Decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights).
  • The Information Commissioner’s comments on digital communications and social media and the extent of FOIA.
  • Recent Ask queries.

Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues or developments that are covered, or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of freedom of information practitioners.

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REUTERS | Dani Cardona

This post sets out the key developments in public procurement legislation and policy that lawyers need to be aware of and covers the period from December 2016 to February 2017. The post does not consider case law as this is covered in our monthly public case digest. For a summary of the latest cases, see Public Procurement case digest (January 2017). A new case digest covering cases from February and March 2017 will be published at the start of April.

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REUTERS | Ali Jarekji

This is part one of the public children law update blog to give readers a snapshot of the important cases, issues and developments from January to February 2017. Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues, or legal developments that are covered or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of child care law practitioners.

In this post, we look at the following:

  • Claims under the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Secure accommodation orders in Scottish law.

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REUTERS | David Bebber

Theresa May is reportedly planning, in the long term, to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR” or “the Convention”) by introducing such a commitment in the next Conservative Party manifesto. After the Supreme Court’s judgment in R(Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU [2017] UKSC 5 (“Miller“), could the government implement this by using executive powers (the foreign relations prerogative to withdraw from treaties), or would the government require prior Parliamentary authorisation whilst the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) is in force? In this short post, I outline some initial considerations to answer this question.

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