Official Information in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Turner (Paul)
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 06 October 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 (Civil Division)
    • 17 October 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 general rule however is still that stated in Rush & Tompkins Ltd v Greater London Council & Another [1989] AP 1280, namely that without prejudice negotiations once privileged remain privileged even after settlement.

  • Export Credits Guarantee Department v Friends of the Earth
    • Queen's Bench Division (Administrative Court)
    • 17 March 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 (Civil Division)
    • 31 January 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 April 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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  • The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2016
    ......, trustees, provisional liquidators, interim receivers and the official receiver, of books, accounts and other records, and their production to ... “identification details” and similar references to information identifying persons, proceedings, etc. are to be interpreted in accordance ......
  • The Public Contracts Regulations 2015
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2015
    ......” means a technical specification in the field of information and communication technology laid down in accordance with Articles 13 and ... “Official Journal” means the Official Journal of the European Union; . “prior ......
  • Data Protection Act 2018
    • UK Non-devolved
    • January 01, 2018
    ...... Act to make provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals; to make provision in connection with the ... a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in it. . (3) The references in subsection (1)(a) and ......
  • Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Act 2014
    • Scotland
    • January 01, 2014
    ...... provision about the use and protection of taxpayer and other information,. . . Part 4 establishes the Scottish Tax Tribunals,. . . Part 5 puts ... (1) A relevant official must not disclose protected taxpayer information unless the disclosure is ......
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Books & Journal Articles
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • European Commission publishes Insurance Product Information Document (IPID) implementing regulation in the Official Journal
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    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
    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
    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
    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 deal to the ... available to that state when it pursues the proceeds . of corruption. . This information is a general description of the law; it is not intended to . provide specific legal advice nor is it intended to create an attorney-. client ......
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  • Chapter SW03150
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    .... . . Official and personal information is protected by various pieces of legislation, ......
  • Chapter COG11210
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    • HM Revenue & Customs
    ...... or the integrity of the Department by accepting gifts, misusing official information or using poor judgement to further your own interests. You ......
  • Chapter IDG55470
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ...... Digital Economy Act enables the disclosure of non-identifying information by HM Revenue and Customs, Revenue Scotland and the Welsh Revenue ...Section 75 permits a relevant official of the Welsh Revenue Authority to disclose non-identifying information if ......
  • Chapter TTOG2310
    • HMRC Guidance manuals
    • Formularios de Derecho Civil, Mercantil y Registral
    ......To do this SI has a wide range of information sources. These fall into a number of categories:. SI itself . the ... Exchange of Information with other official sources outside the UK . publicly available information . other ......
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