Paul Gibbons (FOIMan) has written widely about freedom of information and other related matters. Here are collected links to his articles where possible and references to other pieces.

PDP’s FOI Journal


Running fast just to stand still: UK FOI after 20 years

FOI in a time of crisis

Cockerels, cows and kick-offs: ICO decisions on the definition of environmental information

Breaking the camel’s back: section 14 and burden


FOIMan’s Festive FOI Inbox

Mythbusting FOI

Raising the curtain: how FOI really works

FOIMan’s FOI Inbox

What we don’t know

Freedom of information and procurement


FOI: how did English councils perform in 2016?

FOI and diaries

FOI, copyright and re-use

Back to the FOIA: how FOIA affects historical records

How the GDPR affects the administration of FOIA

Breaking the code – an analysis of the draft s.45 code of practice


What do they know about refusing requests?

Denham’s drive for a duty to document

The Environmental Information Regulations:

Part I: Down the rabbit hole

Part II: Same thing, different gravy?

Part III: The exceptional regulations


FOI in the Isle of Man – FOIA upgraded?

Freedom of Information: cutting the cost

Lies, damn lies, and FOI statistics

Small is not necessarily better when it comes to FOI

Of interest? The public interest test under FOIA

The fall and rise of the publication scheme


The ten things FOI requesters hate most

The ten things FOI practitioners hate most

Freedom of Information – this time it’s personal

Freudian Slip: the FOI Act that never was

The costs of FOIA – researching central government spending


How important is good records management to FOIA compliance?

Section 36 and the ‘qualified person’ — who is it and why does it matter?

Leadership and FOI

Codes of Practice – more guidelines than rules?

Ten years of FOI — a personal account


FOI, practically speaking Part 1 – deadlines

FOI practically speaking Part 2 – game, dataset and match

FOI, practically speaking Part 3 – getting vexed

FOI, practically speaking Part 4 – take it to the (appropriate) limit

FOI, practically speaking Part 5 – holding your own

FOI, practically speaking Part 6 – looking for approval


A shot across the bow?

Other publications

Paul has also written for other publications including Times Higher Education magazine and the Records Management Journal. He has contributed to FOI resources for Lexis Nexis.

30 January 2014 Times Higher Education, An FOI Officer’s Lot: No Simple Questions or Easy Answers

September 2013: Privacy Laws and Business UK ReportReuse of datasets poses potentially onerous obligations

Autumn 2003: Journal of the Society of Archivists, vol 24, issue 2, with Caroline Shenton Implementing a records management strategy for the UK Parliament: the experience of using Keyword AAA

1999: Records Management Journal, Vol 9, Issue 1, Casting the ‘Net: the Records Management Intranet Pages