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Freedom of Information: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector

Date: 28th September 2015

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: Baker & McKenzie LLP (London), 100 New Bridge Street, LONDON, EC4V 6JA

Event Details

Time: Registration, tea and coffee from 17:00

Event 17:30-19:00, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Baker & McKenzie LLP, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JA

This event will consider the current legal framework and the range of private sector organisations that have been brought within its scope. It will explore differences in transparency requirements for private contractors, and proposals to further extend the FOI regime to private companies providing public services. The event will provide opportunity to hear both sides of the debate surrounding this important topic and the practical implications of reforms in this area.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception at 19:00.

Keynote speaker

  • Rosemary Agnew (Scottish Information Commissioner)


  • Steve Goodrich (Open Governance Researcher, Transparency International UK)
  • Heather Rogers QC (One Brick Court)
  • Martin Rosenbaum (Freedom of Information Specialist, BBC News)
  • Dr Ben Worthy (Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London)


  • Timothy Pitt-Payne QC (11 King's Bench Walk)

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The event will be presented by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law jointly with the Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC) at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and hosted by Law Firm, Baker & McKenzie.

Event convened by Lucy Moxham (Associate Senior Research Fellow, Bingham Centre) and Judith Townend (Director, Information Law and Policy Centre, IALS).

CPD Accreditation

This event is accredited with 1.5 CPD hours

Pricing and Registration

This event is fully booked

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £40
  • Full-time Academic - £25
  • Full-time Student - £15


  • Individual - £70
  • Full-time Academic - £45
  • Full-time Student - £25

N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.

Free NGO Places

A limited number of places for this event are available for staff of NGOs to attend free of charge as part of an initiative by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law to provide NGOs with access to legal education and training events.

Please email our Events Team at with your contact details, your position and the NGO that you work for. We will organise your attendance, subject to availability.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

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