Contracted legal services costs

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Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group,
In each year between 2012 and the present how much did the CCG spend on legal services contracted in?
and in house?

Yours faithfully,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

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Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Ms Rushbrooke,

I am writing to formally acknowledge your request for information regarding ‘spending on legal services since 2012’ which will be processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm your request was received on 18 July 2017 by NEL Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU) on behalf of NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The reference for your request is FOI.17.WAN072.

An initial investigation is currently taking place into whether the information you have requested is held by the CCG and, if so, whether it can be released in accordance with the legislation.

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Mary

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Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear Ms Rushbrooke

 

Please see the attached response to your recent freedom of information
request.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Team 
NEL Commissioning Support Unit
[1][NHS Wandsworth CCG request email]

 

3^rd Floor

1 Lower Marsh

London SE1 7NT

 

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[3]@NELCSU

[4]LinkedIn

 

 

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Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT),
Thank you
It seems from the below that bought in legal services comes to over half a million pounds in just over 3 years - astonishing for the tax payer

In the below financial years, the CCG spent the following on contracted-in legal services:

2013/14 £103,268
2014/15 £92,504
2015/16 £200,563
2016/17 £ 113,304

Is it possible to split this between Capsticks and all other legal services contracted each year ?

I note that information given states that the CCG has no inhouse legal advice team etc
It was inferred to me that Wandsworth do have a legal department they defer to on certain matters - please can you clarify this ?

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Ms Rushbrooke

 

Thank you for your email. The CCG can confirm that it does not have an
in-house legal team.

 

Your query about the breakdown of costs is considered to be asking for new
information, rather than a clarification of the information provided, so
will be dealt with as a new, separate freedom of information request. You
will receive an official acknowledgement for this in due course.

 

Kind regards

 

Freedom of Information Team 
NEL Commissioning Support Unit
[1][NHS Wandsworth CCG request email]

 

3^rd Floor

1 Lower Marsh

London SE1 7NT

 

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[3]@NELCSU

[4]LinkedIn

 

 

 

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Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Ms Rushbrooke,

 

I am writing to formally acknowledge your request for information
regarding ‘break down of contracted legal services spending 2013-17’ which
will be processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm
your request was received on 3 August 2017 by NEL Commissioning Support
Unit (NEL CSU) on behalf of NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group
(CCG). The reference for your request is FOI.17.WAN085.

 

An initial investigation is currently taking place into whether the
information you have requested is held by the CCG and, if so, whether it
can be released in accordance with the legislation.

 

Occasionally, a Freedom of Information request may incur a fee or charge.
In the event that this is applicable to your request, we will contact you
with a fees notice. Your request will then be placed on hold until this is
received.

 

If you require any further assistance, or would like to discuss your
request, please do not hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number
above.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mary

 

FOI Team
NEL Commissioning Support Unit
nelcsu.foi[1]@nhs.net  

 

Kent House, 4^th Floor
Station Road, Ashford, TN23 1PJ

 

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[3]@NELCSU

[4]LinkedIn

 

Please note that as of 1 April 2017, NHS South East Commissioning Support
Unit (South East CSU) and NHS North East London Commissioning Support Unit
(NEL CSU) have merged to become NHS NEL Commissioning Support Unit (NEL
CSU). Please update your records to reflect our new email address for
Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, which is [NHS Wandsworth CCG request email]  

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Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear Ms Rushbrooke

 

RE:          FOI.17.WAN085  on behalf of NHS Wandsworth Clinical
Commissioning Group

 

Please find attached a letter responding to your Freedom of Information
request. 

 

With regards

Sue

 

Sue Hiscock
FOI Officer
NEL Commissioning Support Unit

[1][email address]

 

3^rd Floor

1 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7NT

 

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[3]@NELCSU

[4]LinkedIn

 

 

 

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Dear Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT),
Thank you for the followng information re cost to the WCCG of legal services

RE: Freedom of Information Request
Reference: FOI.17.WAN085
11 August 2017

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). This response is
provided on behalf of NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Your request along
with the CCG’s response is detailed below.

In the below financial years, the CCG spent the following on contracted-in legal services:

2013/14
£103,268
2014/15
£92,504
2015/16
£200,563
2016/17
£113,304

Is it possible to split this between Capsticks and all other legal services contracted each
year?

2013/14 - £103,268
Capsticks £101,604
Other £1,664

2014/15 - £92,504
Capsticks £89,076
Other £3,428

2015/16 - £200,563
Capsticks £173,996
Other £26,567

2016/17 - £ 113,304
Capsticks £108,733
Other £4,471

It seems as if Capsticks get most of the legal work very large sums of tax payers money which might explain why such cases involving such legal services are long drawn our possibly needlessly protracted cases that might be better dealt with by mediation or best interest or other methods an less expensive to tax payers - money that could be better spent on better care - complaince of service users rights might also void legal costs ....

Yours sincerely,

Sylvia Rushbrooke

Foi (NHS NORTH AND EAST LONDON COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Ms Rushbrooke,

Thank you for your feedback to NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

I can confirm that we have passed your comments to the CCG.

Best wishes,

Mary

The FOI Team
NEL Commissioning Support Unit
[NHS Wandsworth CCG request email]

Kent House, 4th Floor
Station Road, Ashford, TN23 1PJ

www.nelcsu.nhs.uk
@NELCSU
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