Legal Spend

Rupert Pumpkin made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Sunderland City Council

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Sirs

Since 1.1.2021:

1. Have any law firms been instructed to provide legal services to you?

If so, please break down by law firm, the date of engagement, nature of legal work provided and total cost incurred since 1.1.2021

2. Please provide a list of all gifts and hospitality declarations relating to law firms made by staff and board members of the Council

Yours faithfully,

Rupert

Solicitor - Freedom of Information, Sunderland City Council

2 Atodiad

Re: Your request for information concerning:

 

Legal Spend

 

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any
event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to
consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

 

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

 

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this
request.

 

Customer Request Number:  FOI_3930

 

      

www.sunderland.gov.uk

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Julienne Collinson, Sunderland City Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Pumpkin,

 

The response to your request is due on the 19^th August. Due to staff
leave it will not be possible to issue the response on that date and
information is still being gathered to respond to your questions. It is
anticipated that the response will be sent during week commencing 23^rd
August.

 

Regards,

Julienne Collinson,

Senior Manager of Law and Governance,

Corporate Services,

Sunderland City Council.

[1][email address]

07769160966

Room 3.32.

 

 

 

From: Solicitor - Freedom of Information
Sent: 21 July 2021 09:04
To: Rupert Pumpkin <[2][FOI #775941 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Legal Spend

 

Re: Your request for information concerning:

 

Legal Spend

 

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any
event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to
consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

 

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

 

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this
request.

 

Customer Request Number:  FOI_3930

 

      

[3]www.sunderland.gov.uk

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Julienne Collinson, Sunderland City Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Pumpkin,

 

I refer to your request for information. The requests together with the
responses are set out below.

 

Since 1.1.2021:

 

1. Have any law firms been instructed to provide legal services to you?

 

If so, please break down by law firm, the date of engagement, nature of
legal work provided and total cost incurred since 1.1.2021

 

Response – The legal firms listed below have carried out work for
Sunderland City Council during 2021. In all cases the firms have
previously been instructed so there is no separate date of engagement
during 2021. The nature of the legal work undertaken and the costs
incurred are also set out below.

 

Bevan Brittan                                 Standards and local
authority governance                          £77, 579

Cygnet Law                                     Adult social
care                                                                      
£23, 952

Pinsent Masons                             Commercial
                                                 
                            £5, 054

Ward Hadaway                            
 Commercial                                                 
                             £26, 325

Womble Bond Dickinson
LLP      Commercial                                                 
                             £32, 754

 

2. Please provide a list of all gifts and hospitality declarations
relating to law firms made by staff and board members of the Council.

 

In relation to the City’s Councillors, they are required to declare any
offer of a gift or hospitality (and therefore not limited to offers from
law firms) with an estimated value of £50 or more. The link to the current
Register of Members’ Interests is below. The relevant section for
declarations of such offers is Section 6.

 

[1]https://committees.sunderland.gov.uk/com...

 

In relation to employees, all offers of gifts and hospitality are reported
to the employee’s Chief Officer and a Code of Conduct declaration form
completed and considered.  Once completed, the forms are held on
individual personal files.  Therefore, a list of gifts and hospitality
declarations relating to law firms cannot be provided as identification
would necessitate a manual trawl of all employee files which would exceed
the prescribed fees limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

I hope this is satisfactory. If, however, you remain dissatisfied with our
response to your request for information, you may request a further review
within 40 calendar days of the date of this response. FOI reviews are
co-ordinated by the Information Governance Team. A request for further
review should be addressed to the Information Governance Team, Corporate
Services, PO Box 100, Civic Centre, Sunderland, SR2 7DN.

 

If this fails to resolve your concerns then you have the right to apply to
the Information Commissioner for a decision.

 

Regards,

 

Julienne Collinson,

Senior Manager of Law and Governance,

Corporate Services,

Sunderland City Council.

[2][email address]

 

 

From: Julienne Collinson
Sent: 12 August 2021 14:01
To: '[FOI #775941 email]'
<[3][FOI #775941 email]>
Cc: Solicitor - Freedom of Information
<[4][email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Legal Spend FOI 3930

 

Dear Mr Pumpkin,

 

The response to your request is due on the 19^th August. Due to staff
leave it will not be possible to issue the response on that date and
information is still being gathered to respond to your questions. It is
anticipated that the response will be sent during week commencing 23^rd
August.

 

Regards,

Julienne Collinson,

Senior Manager of Law and Governance,

Corporate Services,

Sunderland City Council.

[5][email address]

07769160966

Room 3.32.

 

 

 

From: Solicitor - Freedom of Information
Sent: 21 July 2021 09:04
To: Rupert Pumpkin <[6][FOI #775941 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Legal Spend

 

Re: Your request for information concerning:

 

Legal Spend

 

The Council aims to provide available information promptly and in any
event within 20 working days, unless, exceptionally, there is a need to
consider whether the information is exempt from disclosure.

 

I will contact you again soon in connection with your request.

 

Please quote the reference below if you contact the Council regarding this
request.

 

Customer Request Number:  FOI_3930

 

      

[7]www.sunderland.gov.uk

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir