We have developed a sophisticated strategy to make our transparency laws come to life.

And we want to share the most important lessons we have learned. So we’ve written it all down.

We teamed up with the Centre for Investigative Journalism to produce clear but in-depth guides to using the Freedom of Information Act, Environmental Information Regulations and Subject Access Requests.

These publications have been praised by leading investigative journalists from the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph.

David Leigh, Investigations Executive Editor at the Guardian said:

“FOIA has helped to shed light on the MPs’ expenses scandal and the Iraq war. It is no coincidence that Tony Blair said the act is one of his greatest mistakes. Journalists pursing public interest stories would be well advised to become first-rate requesters and this guide is a great place to start.”

Cynthia O’Murchu, an investigative reporter at the Financial Times, said:

“FOIA without the Lawyer is an excellent resource in any investigator’s toolkit in the fight for greater transparency and holding authorities to account. Packed with practical tips and case studies on how to use FOIA, his handbook provides real guidance.”

Rosie Waterhouse, director of the MA in Investigative Journalism at City University, said of FOIA without the Lawyer:

“This is an excellent manual on the clever and efficient use of the Freedom of Information Act, an essential tool for every serious journalist. I will highly recommend it to my students and it features on my recommended reading list.”

They are available in print from the CIJ, and digitally from the Kindle store.