Treasury Solicitor [now Government Legal Department] use of external lawyers.

Gwynne Davies made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Government Legal Department

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Government Legal Department,

Please provide a copy of the following;

1. the guidance for using external solicitors who are not on the Treasury Solicitor/Government Legal Department [GLD] framework or panel.

2. the template or form or other means for recording the use of a non-panel solicitor [going off panel] and recording the justification in going off panel including proof/evidence of best value.

3. the template or form or document with guidance or use as a method or means of excluding any favouritism or impropriety when selecting and/or using a non-panel solicitor.

4. the document of authorisation required to ensure or record compliance with the statutory guidance and/or European Directive for ensuring best value for the taxpayer when using non-panel solicitors/lawyers

5. A copy of the Treasury Solicitors lawyer/solicitor panel for or covering the period 01.01.2015 to 31.12.2016 for civil/county court proceedings.

6. A copy of the Treasury Solicitors lawyer/solicitor panel for or covering the period 01.01.2011 to 31.03.2014 for civil/county court proceedings.

Thanks

Background

In proceedings where the Treasury Solicitor [acting for the CSA] sought to recover costs made under orders awarded [to the CSA/Treasury Solicitor] on two appeals. In recovery the CSA via Treasury Solicitor used the services of an external solicitor [Rippon Patel & French] who it transpires were not on the Treasury Solicitor’s panel [but were once]. It is unclear whether or not their rates were or could be best value for the taxpayer unless they were in fact on a panel/framework not easily accessible to the public.

Yours faithfully,

gwynne e davies

FOI, Government Legal Department

Our Ref: RM/43/17

Dear Gwynne Davies

I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 27 May 2017 . I will respond to your correspondence shortly.

Yours sincerely

Paul Woods
Data Protection Co-ordinator & Freedom of Information Officer

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FOI, Government Legal Department

3 Atodiad

Dear Mr Davies

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information Act request.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Woods
DRO, FOI/DPA Co-ordinator, Head of Library Services
Operations, Government Legal Department

One Kemble Street, London WC2B 4TS
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7210 3045
[email address]

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