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Mark House
  
Information Management
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Telephone 01926 412211
Email xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
Please ask for Bruce Green 
 
 
 
 
Our ref: 7209188
Your ref: 
Date: 25th October 2021
 
Dear Mark House
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000  
 
Your request for information has been considered by Warwickshire County Council 
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.   
 
I can confirm that some of the information you have requested is held by Warwickshire 
County Council.  However, please be advised we are unable to provide all of the 
information you have requested.  
 
This is because some of the information you have requested is not held by 
Warwickshire County Council. 
 
Also, we consider that some of the information is exempt under Section 40 (Personal 
information) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and some under Section 42 (Legal 
professional privilege) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
Please see below for further details and explanation.  
 
You asked us: 
 
Please could you inform me of the legal, redundancy and associated closure 
costs in relation to Marle Hall.
 
Can this be broken down in part to show advise taken on FIO's or by councillors 
in response to correspondences with residents.
 
Yours faithfully. 
 
 

Legal costs
 
The Council has not instructed any external solicitors in relation to the closure of the 
Marle Hall.  The Council has inhouse solicitors and there is an internal billing rate to 
record the amount of time spent by lawyers in advising the Council which is moved from 
the relevant service area's budget to the budget of Legal Services.  However, we cannot 
provide you with the amounts of time or internal charge in relation to the closure of 
Marle Hall because it is exempt under section 42 of the FOIA (legal professional 
privilege).  
 
Legal professional privilege protects confidential communications between lawyers 
(including inhouse lawyers) and clients (including the Council).  Revealing the amount of 
time spent advising on Freedom of Information Act requests or on matters related to the 
closure of Marle Hall would reveal the subject of a confidential communication between 
a lawyer and client.  Accordingly, internal legal costs are exempt from disclosure under 
section 42 of the FOIA.
 
Redundancy costs
 
We cannot provide you with the estimated redundancy costs in relation to the closure of 
Marle Hall because this information is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the 
FOIA (protection of third party personal data).
 
Section 40(2) exempts information where complying with the request would breach any 
of the principles in the UK GDPR.  'Personal data' means any information relating to an 
identified or identifiable living individual.  There is only a small pool of permanent staff 
members employed at Marle Hall so we consider that they are identifiable individuals.  
Disclosing the amount of the redundancy costs estimated to be payable to those staff 
members would not be fair to the individuals concerned.
 
We have considered whether we could disclose the total estimated amount rather than 
breaking it down into the estimated amount for each individual staff member.  However, 
we have concluded that with only 8 members of staff, revealing the total figure would 
give an indication of the range of the estimated redundancy payment for each 
individual.   Accordingly, disclosure of the information would contravene Article 5(1)(a) 
of the UK General Data Protection Regulation in that there is no lawful or fair basis for 
processing the information.   This information is therefore exempt from disclosure under 
section 40(2) of the FOIA.
 
Associated closure costs
 
There may be external costs that arise in future in relation to the closure of Marle Hall, 
such as property maintenance and security.  These have not yet arisen and so do not 
fall within the scope of your request.  You may like to repeat this request after a 
reasonable period has elapsed.
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an 
internal review.  Internal review requests should be submitted within 40 days of the date 
of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: 
 
 

Information Management
Shire Hall 
Warwick 
CV34 4RL
xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx
 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to 
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  The Information 
Commissioner can be contacted at:  
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113 
Website: www.ico.gov.uk
 
I will now close your request as of this date.
 
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Bruce Green
Information Rights Officer