Decision to extend North East Council Legal Panel

Johan Briggs made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council,

Since the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (representing 10 London
councils) appointed its legal panel in October 2009 it has
undertaken 3 panel reviews to achieve greater value for money for
the taxpayer.

The opposite appears to have happened with the management of the
Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel
(representing 5 North East councils). Information in the public
domain suggests that rather than undertake any money saving
reviews, the decision was made to extend the panel on the same
terms and with the same firms for an extra year!

1) Please provide any documents which set out how the decision was
reached to extend the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint
legal panel for an extra year. This should include any submissions
made to councillors and arguments for / against extending the
panel.

2) When and where does the Council expect to advertise the
opportunity to be part of the next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan
Authority joint legal panel?

3) Please provide copies of any emails sent by Council staff to
staff at current panel law firms relating to the letting of the
next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel.

4) Please provide a copy of the last email sent to all staff in the
legal services department reminding them of their obligations to
declare all gifts and hospitality received from law firms.

5) Please provide a list of all gifts and hospitality received by
council staff from members of the panel (broken down by firm) since
1.1.2012.

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I fully
understand that parts of the emails will need to be obscured to
protect personal and other sensitive information.

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Johan Briggs

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

In all further correspondence please quote our reference RFI 131121. 
Thank you for your request for information. 

 

Your request was received on 13/12/2013 and the Council is dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  As required by
the legislation, the Council aims to answer your request promptly, but no
later than 20 working days after receipt.

 

As stated in the Information Commissioner’s guidance, Awareness Guidance
11 Time for Compliance, the 20 working day clock starts the day after the
Council received the request. This has been calculated to be 16/01/14. 

 

If the information you have requested contains reference to a third party,
then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or
not to release the information to you.

 

Very occasionally, fees may be payable for the supply of information under
the Freedom of Information Act.  This will be considered, and if fees are
payable in respect of this request the Council will contact you before
proceeding in order to be sure that you are happy to go ahead.  Any fees
that do apply must be paid before the information is processed and
released.

 

Please note that an anonymised copy of our response to your request will
be published in the Council’s Disclosure Log.  This is a record of all
responses to completed requests for information that the Council has
received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 from 6 July 2009 onwards.

 

The Council’s Disclosure Log is available online at the following address:

 

[1]http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/foi-disc...

 

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
us.

Regards

Geoff Snary
Law and Governance
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Tel: 0191 643 2333
Fax: 0191 643 2451

 

From: Johan Briggs [mailto:[FOI #189156 email]]
Sent: 12 December 2013 21:49
To: FOI Officer
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Decision to extend North East
Council Legal Panel [Scanned]

 

Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council,

Since the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (representing 10 London
councils) appointed its legal panel in October 2009 it has
undertaken 3 panel reviews to achieve greater value for money for
the taxpayer.

The opposite appears to have happened with the management of the
Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel
(representing 5 North East councils). Information in the public
domain suggests that rather than undertake any money saving
reviews, the decision was made to extend the panel on the same
terms and with the same firms for an extra year!

1) Please provide any documents which set out how the decision was
reached to extend the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint
legal panel for an extra year. This should include any submissions
made to councillors and arguments for / against extending the
panel.

2) When and where does the Council expect to advertise the
opportunity to be part of the next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan
Authority joint legal panel?

3) Please provide copies of any emails sent by Council staff to
staff at current panel law firms relating to the letting of the
next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel.

4) Please provide a copy of the last email sent to all staff in the
legal services department reminding them of their obligations to
declare all gifts and hospitality received from law firms.

5) Please provide a list of all gifts and hospitality received by
council staff from members of the panel (broken down by firm) since
1.1.2012.

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I fully
understand that parts of the emails will need to be obscured to
protect personal and other sensitive information.

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

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FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Johan Briggs
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
 
In all further correspondence please quote our reference RFI 131121
 
Your request for information under the above legislation has now been
considered. Please see response attached.
 
Please note that an anonymised copy of this response will be published in
our Disclosure Log.
 
This is a record of responses to completed requests for information that
the Council has received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 from 6th July 2009
onwards. The Disclosure Log is available online at the following address:
 
[1]http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/foi-disc...
 
I trust that this information answers your enquiry, but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
If you are unhappy with the way the Council has handled your request, you
may ask for an internal review. Please contact the Information Governance
Team no later than 40 working days after the date of this letter, after
which time we will consider the matter closed.
 
Law and Governance
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
 
e-mail [2][North Tyneside Council request email]
 
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
[3]www.ico.gov.uk
 
 
 
Regards
Geoff Snary
Law and Governance
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Tel: 0191 643 2333
Fax: 0191 643 2451
 
From: FOI Officer
Sent: 13 December 2013 08:23
To: 'Johan Briggs'
Cc: FOI Officer
Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION RFI
131121 [Scanned]
 
Dear Johan Briggs
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
 
In all further correspondence please quote our reference RFI 131121. 
Thank you for your request for information. 
 
Your request was received on 13/12/2013 and the Council is dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  As required by
the legislation, the Council aims to answer your request promptly, but no
later than 20 working days after receipt.
 
As stated in the Information Commissioner’s guidance, Awareness Guidance
11 Time for Compliance, the 20 working day clock starts the day after the
Council received the request. This has been calculated to be 16/01/14. 
 
If the information you have requested contains reference to a third party,
then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or
not to release the information to you.
 
Very occasionally, fees may be payable for the supply of information under
the Freedom of Information Act.  This will be considered, and if fees are
payable in respect of this request the Council will contact you before
proceeding in order to be sure that you are happy to go ahead.  Any fees
that do apply must be paid before the information is processed and
released.
 
Please note that an anonymised copy of our response to your request will
be published in the Council’s Disclosure Log.  This is a record of all
responses to completed requests for information that the Council has
received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 from 6 July 2009 onwards.
 
The Council’s Disclosure Log is available online at the following address:
 
[4]http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/foi-disc...
 
If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
us.
Regards
Geoff Snary
Law and Governance
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Tel: 0191 643 2333
Fax: 0191 643 2451
 
From: Johan Briggs [[5]mailto:[FOI #189156 email]]
Sent: 12 December 2013 21:49
To: FOI Officer
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Decision to extend North East
Council Legal Panel [Scanned]
 
Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council,

Since the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (representing 10 London
councils) appointed its legal panel in October 2009 it has
undertaken 3 panel reviews to achieve greater value for money for
the taxpayer.

The opposite appears to have happened with the management of the
Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel
(representing 5 North East councils). Information in the public
domain suggests that rather than undertake any money saving
reviews, the decision was made to extend the panel on the same
terms and with the same firms for an extra year!

1) Please provide any documents which set out how the decision was
reached to extend the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint
legal panel for an extra year. This should include any submissions
made to councillors and arguments for / against extending the
panel.

2) When and where does the Council expect to advertise the
opportunity to be part of the next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan
Authority joint legal panel?

3) Please provide copies of any emails sent by Council staff to
staff at current panel law firms relating to the letting of the
next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel.

4) Please provide a copy of the last email sent to all staff in the
legal services department reminding them of their obligations to
declare all gifts and hospitality received from law firms.

5) Please provide a list of all gifts and hospitality received by
council staff from members of the panel (broken down by firm) since
1.1.2012.

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I fully
understand that parts of the emails will need to be obscured to
protect personal and other sensitive information.

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[6][FOI #189156 email]

Is [7][North Tyneside Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of
Information requests to North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council? If
so, please contact us using this form:
[8]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/cont...

Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be published on
the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
[9]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/offi...

If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your web
manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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