Council usage of barristers in SEND tribunals

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Dear North Yorkshire County Council,

According to a statement the council put out on twitter yesterday (15 June 2016) you now commission barristers on a case by case basis to represent the authority at SEND tribunals.

1 When did you first start using barristers?

2 How many times have you used barristers?

3 How much has the council paid barristers for representation to date?

4 How are payments to barrister recorded on council spending open data (spending over £500) (Directorate / cost description / subjective description / Analysis 1 description / supplier name / supplier number / classification)?

5 Which barristers have you used?

6 Which Chambers have you used?

7 Was the decision to use barrister to represent the Council based on any investigations or reports by the council. If so, please publish the report(s).

8 Please publish any SEND tribunal monitoring reports to the executive that were written after this one on 29 May 2012:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/1...

Yours faithfully,

Terry Pandere

North Yorkshire County Council

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Dear Mr Pandere

 

Thank you for your request for information with regard to commissioning
barristers on a case by case basis to represent the authority at SEND
tribunals.  Please find our response below.

 

1 When did you first start using barristers?  SEPTEMBER 2015

 

2 How many times have you used barristers?  ONCE

 

3 How much has the council paid barristers for representation to date?
£3,300 INCLUSIVE OF VAT

 

4 How are payments to barrister recorded on council spending open data
(spending over £500) (Directorate / cost description / subjective
description / Analysis 1 description / supplier name / supplier number /
classification)?  CENTRAL SERVICES/CORPORATE LEGAL EXPENSES/LEGAL
COSTS/AMOUNT/NAME OF BARRISTER/NAME OF CHAMBERS/LEGAL SERVICES

 

5 Which barristers have you used? JOANNE ASTBURY

 

6 Which Chambers have you used? PARK LANE PLOWDEN

 

7 Was the decision to use barrister to represent the Council based on any
investigations or reports by the council. If so, please publish the
report(s). NO

 

8 Please publish any SEND tribunal monitoring reports to the executive
that were written after this one on 29 May 2012:  No further reports have
been to Executive Members

 

Regards

 

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