Official Information in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Turner (Paul)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 06 Out 1994

    We wish to alert judges to the need to scrutinise applications for disclosure of details about informants with very great care. They will need to be astute to see that assertions of a need to know such details, because they are essential to the running of the defence, are justified. Even when the informant has participated, the judge will need to consider whether his role so impinges on an issue of interest to the defence, present or potential, as to make disclosure necessary.

    That being so, whilst we appreciate the difficulty of this type of issue which faces judges, we have come to the conclusion that the learned judge's exercise of his discretion in the present case cannot be justified. Receiving the answer "No" to both those questions, it is unnecessary for us to pursue the other grounds.

  • Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Webinvest Ltd and Another
    • Court of Appeal
    • 17 Out 2014

    That was a case in which the plaintiff asserted that a settlement that he had made was a reasonable settlement and the defendant asserted that it was not. The reasonableness of the settlement was therefore directly in issue and it was the plaintiff who had put it in issue. It is hardly surprising that in those circumstances the court ordered disclosure of the negotiations leading to the settlement.

  • Export Credits Guarantee Department v Friends of the Earth
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 17 Mar 2008

    The considerations are not ulterior: they are at the heart of the debate which these cases raise. There is a legitimate public interest in maintaining the confidentiality of advice within and between government departments on matters that will ultimately result, or are expected ultimately to result, in a ministerial decision. The weight to be given to those considerations will vary from case to case.

    • Court of Appeal
    • 31 Jan 2006

    But this is not to say that the aide-memoire (see paragraph 30 above) was legally wrong or misleading. The want of a clear test in either the Act or the Rules made explanations of this kind inevitable. In many cases, perhaps most, it will have made little or no difference which formula was used. If the present case turned upon it, it would be necessary to make a close analysis of the PPC's decision in order to decide whether it had impermissibly raised the threshold.

  • R (Office of Communications) v Information Commissioner
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 08 Abr 2008

    The reason I think that the approach taken in that text book is correct is essentially grounded in the policy balance that one finds in the Directive and in the Regulations. No justification has to be shown for the disclosure in the first instance. The wording suggests at least that they must be considered exception by exception, and that includes the public interest that attaches to each exception.

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Law Firm Commentaries
  • European Commission publishes Insurance Product Information Document (IPID) implementing regulation in the Official Journal
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • 18 de Agosto de 2017
    The European Commission implementing regulation ((EU) 2017/1469) on the format and content of the Insurance Product Information Document (IPID) was published in the Official Journal of the European...
  • UK ICO Fines Vote Leave £40,000 for Unsolicited Texts
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
    • 22 de Março de 2019
    The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has fined Vote Leave Limited (the UK’s official Brexit campaign) £40,000 for sending almost 200,000 unsolicited texts promoting the aims of the campaign.
    ...The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has fined Vote Leave Limited (the official Brexit campaign) £40,000 for sending almost 200,000 unsolicited texts ......
  • Official Secrets” opens today. Good reviews for Hollywood take on UK whistleblower
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • National Whistleblower Legal Defense
    • 30 de Agosto de 2019
    While working as a translator for the a British spy agency, Katherine Gun leaked a government memo to the press. In doing so, she violated the country’s Official Secrets Act. The memo detailed a re...
    ......In doing so, she violated the country’s Official Secrets Act. The memo detailed a request for damaging information the UK and US wanted to use as leverage with UN Security Council members reluctant to vote for the 2003 Iraq war. “Official Secrets,”a movie ......
  • Alert: Who Owns a Bribe: the Bribed Public Official or the Defrauded State?
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    • Cooley LLP
    • 19 de Março de 2015
    A public official receives a bribe to award a contract. Does the bribe "belong" to the official or to the state that he or she represents? The answer to the question can matter a great de...
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