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Legal Privilage

Requested on
Mon 21st February, 2011
Reference
FOI 1209
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Freedom of Information/EIR Request: Documents subject to legal professional privilege

Under the Environmental Information Regulations and the Freedom of Information Act could you please detail all firms and organisations with whom the Council have enjoyed a solicitor/client relationship since 2004 or received documents subject to legal professional privilege?

Could you please detail:

1. The date of the appointment and the nature of the work in question

2. The fees paid by the Council and the budget meeting the cost of the expenditure

3. The Committee minutes authorising the appointment

4. The procedure interview/tendering etc that led to the appointment

5. The duration of the instructions

6. The reason it was determined the work could not be undertaken in house

7. Any relevant background papers.

Answer

Thank you for your recent information request for information on documents subject to legal professional privilege, which the Council has considered. 

Unfortunately, the Council does not record information in a form that would allow the compilation of this data easily and the time required in order to collate and provide all the information you requested would exceed the appropriate limit for dealing with requests, as set out in section 12 of the Act and the Appropriate Limit and Fees Regulations. 

The Council would normally wish to offer suggestions as to how some of the information could be provided or how a differently worded request could result in information being provided within the terms of the Act and the Regulations, and to this end we can provide the following information:

In financial year 09/10 Charnwood Borough Council spent £350,000.00 on the outsourcing of legal services. The types of legal work outsourced were: Corporate advice, Employment, Contract/Procurement, Contract disputes, Property/Regeneration, Civil Litigation, Housing, Regulatory and Finance including specialist VAT.

The firms we used included:
EMLawshare Panel Firms: Freeth Cartwright, Browne Jacobson and Weightmans,
Leonie Cowen & Associates, Wilkin Chapman and Trowers and Hamlin.

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