Freedom of Information

A statutory right for individuals, businesses and other organisations to ask for and be provided with information held by public bodies (subject to certain exemptions) was introduced in 2005.  Since then the law in this area has become widely used.  The nature of Freedom of Information law means that it is can be complex at times.  We are able to advise, at all stages of the process, both those subject to the law and those trying to make use of their rights under the law.

There are currently four freedom of information regimes applicable to Scotland.  The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 cover information held by UK-wide public bodies (such as UK Government Departments).  Meanwhile, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 cover access to information held by “Scottish public authorities”.

The UK and Scottish regimes are broadly the same, but there are some important technical and procedural differences. We are able to provide advice and assistance in respect of all of these pieces of legislation, including with appeals to the relevant regulator, tribunals and courts.

We have experience of handling appeals to the Court of Session against decisions of the Scottish Information Commissioner and also have experience of the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals concerning appeals against decisions of the UK Information Commissioner.

If you wish to discuss a freedom of information matter with us you can call Alistair Sloan on 0141 229 0880 or send Alistair an E-mail.


Related Information


Internal Pages