Communication with legal representation over absentee councillors

The request was refused by Ash Parish Council.

Dear Ash Parish Council,

Please provide all correspondence received or sent to the chosen barristers concerning the absence of Cllrs Gorham.

Yours faithfully,

C Cookson

Office, Ash Parish Council

Dear Mr Cookson.
I have received your Freedom of Information request. On this occasion I must reject your request. For the following reason as per the Bar Standards Board Handbook ( Regulating Barristers).

Confidentiality and compulsory disclosure of information
"Your barrister is under a duty to keep your affairs confidential. This is called “legal professional privilege” and protects your communications with your barrister from being disclosed to others unless you consent. The only exception is that any lawyer (e.g. a barrister or a solicitor) may be required by law to disclose information to certain authorities, and to do so without first getting your consent or telling you that they have disclosed the information".

Regards

Dennis Wheeler DMS MCIHort
Parish Clerk to the Council
Ash Parish Council
The Ash Centre
Ash Hill Road
Ash
Surrey
GU12 5DP
Tel   01252 328287
Fax  01252 319338
www.ashpcsurrey.gov.uk
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Dear Ash Parish Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ash Parish Council's handling of my FOI request 'Communication with legal representation over absentee councillors'.

Please state which section of the FOI act you are refusing under as that is not clear. I believe that this should have been included in your response, as well as the complaints procedure & escalation to the ICO.

This link will provide you the rules, for your convenience

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui...

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

C Cookson

Dennis Wheeler, Ash Parish Council

Dear Mr Cookson.

Thank you for your email. Having considered your request for an internal review of Ash Parish Council's handling of your FOI request 'Communication with legal representation over absentee councillors'
Your request has been denied.

Regards.

Dennis Wheeler DMS MCIHort
Parish Clerk to the Council
Ash Parish Council
The Ash Centre
Ash Hill Road
Ash
Surrey
GU12 5DP
Tel   01252 328287
Fax  01252 319338
www.ashpcsurrey.gov.uk
If you have received this message in error, please (a) notify the sender immediately, (b) destroy this email and any attachments, and (c) do not use, copy, and/or disclose this email or any attachments to any person. (d) do not post on social media
Ash Parish Council regularly updates virus software to ensure as far as possible that its networks are free of viruses.  However, Ash Parish Council can take no responsibility for any computer virus that might be transferred by this email.
The contents of this email may not reflect Ash Parish Council policy. We store and monitor all emails and attachments sent and received by Ash Parish Council councillors and employees to prevent misuse of the Council's networks.

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