New Law Journal column launched

Leading legal publication New Law Journal has published the first of its new specialist Data Protection and Freedom of Information Law columns, written by Rollits Commercial & IP Partner, Tom Morrison.

New Law Journal is a leading weekly magazine covering developments in civil law across cases, legislation, court procedure and practice. Tom has been on hand to provide comments on developments in the publication`s News section for several years, but Editor Jan Miller identified an appetite amongst readers for more in-depth specialist coverage of an area of law which has begun to affect all businesses, charities and public sector organisations.

Launching the new column, New Law Journal Editor Jan Miller said:

"Rollits` expert Commercial & IP Team has supplied NLJ with incisive and timely commentary on developments in information law for over five years and we are delighted to announce the launch of Private Eye - a quarterly NLJ column written exclusively for NLJ by Rollits` commercial and data protection guru, Tom Morrison. The new column is designed to reflect the major changes and developments in data protection and freedom of information and demonstrates the importance and cross sector relevance of this increasingly regulated area of law."

Commercial & IP Partner at Rollits, Tom Morrison explained:

"We were delighted to have been asked to help New Law Journal add more depth to its data protection and freedom of information coverage; the appetite identified by Jan reflects our own experience of the strength of demand for specialist legal advice in what have become significant areas for legal compliance. 

"All businesses, charities and public sector organisations have data protection compliance obligations. There has been a growing realisation that failure to comply with those obligations can have significant financial consequences but perhaps more importantly can cause serious damage to reputation. 

"Freedom of information has only been with us for six and a half years, compared with over ten years for the current Data Protection Act, but many of our public sector clients are encountering increasingly complex FOI scenarios and many private sector clients are having to deal with their confidential information being placed at risk of disclosure."

The column first appeared in the 20 May 2011 edition of New Law Journal (www.newlawjournal.co.uk).

Posted on: 28/05/2011

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