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Information Sharing Handbook (PDF version)



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10 September 2009

The Law Society


368 pages

Information Sharing Handbook (PDF version)

Edited by Claire Bessant


This is the eBook version (PDF) of Information Sharing Handbook. The print version of Information Sharing Handbook is also available.

This practical new handbook provides a clear explanation of how the law regulates the sharing of information.

Part 1 explains the obligations imposed on public authorities, private organisations, and individuals by the key legal provisions. It explores the basic administrative principles underpinning public authority information sharing and highlights numerous ways in which information sharing may be authorised or restricted.

Part 2 explores information sharing issues arising in specific areas; employment, health, children, business and criminal justice.

A key component of this text is its focus on the interaction between the various legislative provisions. Written by an expert team of academics and solicitors who teach and advise on information law, it uses real life examples, practical guidance, flowcharts and checklists to demonstrate when and how information can and must be shared. It will be invaluable to solicitors and other professionals whether they advise the public or private sector about information sharing.

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Part 1 - Legal Regimes:
1. Public authorities and disclosure of information;
2. Information sharing and data protection;
3. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004;
4. Miscellany of legislative provisions;
5. The duty of confidence;
6. The Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention;
7. Disclosure and court proceedings;
Part 2 - Application of the Law:
8. Healthcare;
9. Employment context;
10. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children;
11. Disclosure of commercial information;
12. Criminal justice.

About the Editor

Claire Bessant is a Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of Northumbria. Formerly in practice as a family solicitor, she is also the author of Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (Law Society Publishing, 2005).