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Legal Spending

Requested on
Mon 18th February, 2013
Reference
FOI 2723
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. The council policy or constitution regarding what legal action council funds can be used to pursue. I would expect this to cover details such as who the claimants can be, any limits on funding, whose agreement is needed before action can commence and so on. Please also tell me when the policy was put in place.

2. How much has the council spent on legal fees in each of the financial years 2012/13 (to the end of January 2013), 2011/12 and 2010/11?

3. Of these totals, how much has the council spent on legal fees in cases involving alleged libel, slander or other defamation against the council or individual members of staff or officers of the council?

4. How many of these cases were there in each year?

5. Who was allegedly defamed, and how much was spent in each case?

Answer

1. The council policy or constitution regarding what legal action council funds can be used to pursue. I would expect this to cover details such as who the claimants can be, any limits on funding, whose agreement is needed before action can commence and so on. Please also tell me when the policy was put in place.

Attached is Article 14 of the Councils Constitution, which details the procedure surrounding legal proceedings.  The council will only take action on behalf of the council and therefore the claimant will always be Charnwood Borough Council.  The constitution was last reviewed in August 2012.  The full constitution can be found on our website at: http://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/constitution

2. How much has the council spent on legal fees in each of the financial years 2012/13 (to the end of January 2013), 2011/12 and 2010/11?

Please could you clarify what you mean by legal fees?  The council has many functions, which are a legal requirement therefore may attract fees (payments to courts to raise liability orders for example) would these be included in your request, or are you asking for what the council has paid for external legal advice?

3. Of these totals, how much has the council spent on legal fees in cases involving alleged libel, slander or other defamation against the council or individual members of staff or officers of the council?

None

4. How many of these cases were there in each year?

None

5. Who was allegedly defamed, and how much was spent in each case?

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