Freedom of Information: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector

Freedom of Information: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector

Monday 28th September 2015

The event was 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.

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

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