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James Coombs
  
Information Management
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Telephone 01926 412211
Email xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx 
 
 
Please ask for Bruce Green 
 
 
 
 
Our ref: 7163504
Your ref: 
Date: 24th September 2021
 
Dear James Coombs
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000  
 
Your request for information has now been considered and the Council is able to 
disclose some of the information that you have requested.     
 
For ease of reference your request is set out below:  
 
Freedom of Information request - correspondence relating to FOI request.
1. Please provide copies of all correspondence between the council and 11+ test 
provider CEM between the dates 9 August 2021 and 8 September 2021. The scope 
of "correspondence" should include, letters, emails and any notes taken in 
connection with any phone calls. (It may help identify the relevant staff within the 
council by searching email to and from the email domain @cem.org).

Best wishes. 
 
Please find attached a copy of correspondence between Warwickshire County Council 
and CEM, between the dates specified within your request, in relation to the 
consultation with CEM relating to the disclosure of the Contract between the Council 
and CEM. 
 
You will note that some of the information within the correspondence has been 
redacted.  This is because some of the information is exempt from disclosure by virtue 
of the below referenced exemption. 
 
In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please treat this 
part of the letter as a Public Interest Refusal Notice.
 

 
Section 42 (Legal Professional Privilege) of the Act.
 
This exemption applies because the redacted information is protected by legal 
professional privilege.  The information that has been redacted is an extract of legal 
advice provided by an in-house lawyer to their client in the Council, which should not 
have been disclosed within the consultation request to CEM.  Legal professional 
privilege; a fundamental principle of English law protects confidential communications 
between lawyers and clients.   
 
As a qualified exemption, the Council has considered the public interest arguments to 
determine whether the public interest is best served by disclosing or withholding the 
information. The Council recognises that there are arguments in favour of disclosure 
including the general principle of public sector transparency and accountability.
 
The Council also recognises that there are arguments in favour of withholding the 
information over and above the inherently strong public interest in protecting the 
principle of legal professional privilege.  To disclose information which is confidential 
between a lawyer and client may have the effect of jeopardising future access to full and 
frank legal advice by clients if they believe that such advice could be disclosed into the 
public domain.
 
The Council considers that in all circumstances, on balance, the public interest favours 
withholding the redacted information at this time. 
 
 
You have the right to request that the Council carry out an internal review if you are not 
satisfied with the way your request was dealt with or wish to appeal the decision.  A 
request for an internal review should be made in writing.  All requests for an internal 
review will be dealt with under the Council's internal review procedure.  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