The Law of Freedom of Information: First Cumulative Supplement by John Macdonald QC

The Law of Freedom of Information: First Cumulative Supplement

byJohn Macdonald QC, Clive H. Jones, Colin Braham

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This cumulative supplement to The Law of Freedom of Information covers all key developments in the subject up to June 2005. It is an essential purchase for all who already own the main work, and maintains its currency. The supplement updates the main work paragraph by paragraph, following the same structure as the main work. It includes full analysis of the guidance issued by the Department for Constitutional Affairs in October 2004 and the current awareness guidance and policy development documents issued by theInformation Commissioner. The authors also examine the first decisions of the Commissioner and the decisions of the Ombudsman including her ruling on the disclosure of the advice given by the Attorney General on the legality of the war with Iraq. In addition, the supplement covers recent decisionsfrom the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, as well as UK decisions on data protection and confidentiality.The comprehensive, analytical approach of the main work provides the complete reference volume for practitioners advising on the relevant legislation: those working within or advising the myriad public bodies upon which the Freedom of Information Act 2000 imposes new duties regarding the disclosureand handling of information; those advising clients with a personal, professional or commercial interest in obtaining information from those newly obliged to provide it; and those in the business community for whom the Act raises important concerns about the potential accessibility of commerciallysensitive informationThe supplement and the main work are also available as a pack (ISBN 0199288054: L180.00).

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John Macdonald QC is a leading public law silk and high profile campaigner for freedom of information and human rights legislation. Clive H. Jones is a public law and commercial barrister with extensive experience advising local authorities upon commercial and property matters, including tendering out and duties owed to the homeles...
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Title:The Law of Freedom of Information: First Cumulative SupplementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.63 inPublished:October 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199288062

ISBN - 13:9780199288069

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Table of Contents

A. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 20001. The Historical Background2. The Debate in Parliament3. An OverviewB. THE PRESENT4. Freedom of Information until January 2005C. THE STATUTORY SCHEME5. Access to Information Held by Public Authorities6. Exempt Information7. Enforcement8. Historical RecordsD. A COMPARATIVE VIEW9. A Comparison with Freedom of Information ElsewhereE. RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER STATUTES10. Data Protection11. Medical Records12. Secrecy13. Whistle-Blowing14. Money Laundering15. Local Government16. The Environment and Other StatutesF. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND THE COMMERCIAL WORLD17. Implications for Business18. Freedom of Information in Commercial Disputes19. The InternetG. PRIVACY, CONFIDENTIALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS20. Privacy and Confidentiality21. The Human Rights Act 1998H. DEVOLUTION22. Scotland23. Wales and Northern IrelandI. THE EUROPEAN UNION AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD24. The European Union25. The Right to Know in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United StatesJ. THE FUTURE26. The FutureFIRST CUMULATIVE SUPPLEMENTThe Supplement follows the same structure as the main work, with each contributor providing updates to their chapter(s), carefully referenced to the relevant paragraph of the main work.

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`... major work on freedom of information ... will be hugely valuable as a reference book in the years ahead as lawyers struggle with the complexities of the new legislation ... the commendably simple, clear language of the text will make the book's exposition of the law as accessible tonon-lawyers as to lawyers.'Media Lawyer