Areas of work
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides significant and wide-ranging rights of access to information held by public authorities, including the government. Public authorities may only withhold information if an exemption in the Act allows them to. Information included within certain exemptions still may have to be disclosed if disclosure is in the public interest. Applicants who believe information has been unjustifiably withheld can apply to the Information Commissioner, who can order disclosure.
Members of 5RB are able to advise and act in respect of requests under the Act made of a public authority, as well as for individuals, journalists and media organisations seeking to obtain information.
3 recent Freedom of Information cases
R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States
 EWCA Civ 420
The Higher Education Funding Council for England v The Information Commissioner & Guardian News and Media Ltd