Decision to extend North East Legal Panel

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

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Dear South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough

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, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Briggs

 

Your FOI Request was received by South Tyneside Council on 13^th December
2013.

 

I write to confirm that a decision about your request will be made within
20 working days from the date we received your request.  Should there be
any delays or discrepancies with your request then this will be
communicated to you in due course.

 

If you have any further queries regarding this matter then please do not
hesitate to contact the FOI team on [1][South Tyneside Council request email] or 0191
424 6539 and quote the reference number FOI 13.13310.

 

Regards

 

John

 

John Grewcock
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance
South Tyneside Council
Central Library
Prince Georg Square
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 2PE

Tel. (0191) 424 6538

[South Tyneside Council request email]

 

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foi, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Briggs,

 

Please find attached the Council’s response to your Freedom of Information
Request.

 

Regards

 

Information Governance

South Tyneside Council

 

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