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Dear Health and Care Professions Council,

Please provide details of when the positions occupied by Bircham Dyson Bell and Kingsley Napley Solicitors were put out to tender and the reasons for accepting their tenders.

Please identify who the other firms who put in tenders for this work were.

If a tender for these services has not been put out, please explain why.

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear [name removed]

Thank you for your request for information about Bircham Dyson Bell and Kingsley Napley Solicitors, which was received on 2 March 2016. We are treating this as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will deal with your request as promptly as possible and, at the latest, within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request please contact us using this email address, or the address below.

The reference number for your request is FR04517.

Yours sincerely

Giba Begum
Freedom of Information
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU
www.hcpc-uk.org

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Dear [name removed]

Thank you for your recent information request in which you asked for
information about the procurement of legal services at the HCPC. Your
request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
(2000).

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP were appointed in March 2015 for 4 years. This was
agreed at the Council meeting of 26 March 2015. The paper was private due
to the sensitive commercial nature of its contents.

Kingley Napley LLP were appointed in December 2013 for a period of 4
years. The legal services policy and approach to the tender was agreed at
the Council meeting of March 2013 I have provided a link to this paper
below

[1]http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/...

With regards to the names of the unsuccessful companies that tendered, the
HCPC is unable to disclose these to you. This is because this information
is exempt from disclosure under section 43 of the FOIA. Section 43 of the
Act sets out an exemption from the right to know if the release of the
information is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person.
(A person may be an individual, a company, the public authority itself or
any other legal entity.). The public interest test for this exemption is
discussed below.

Public Interest Test

We consider that the release of the information would damage the HCPC's
ability to get the best service and price when tendering for legal
services. This is not in the public interest, as the HCPC is funded by
registrant fees. The release of the information would damage the involved
law firms commercial interests as the legal services sector is a highly
competitive market and the information may be used in a way which would
affect their future tendering success.

In favour of disclosure is the general principle of accountability for the
spending of public money. The HCPC aims to be as transparent as possible
and we publish a great deal of financial information online, for example
in our council papers and annual reports which I have provided links to
below

[2]http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/...

[3]http://www.hcpc-uk.org/publications/repo...

However transparency should not detriment the efficient running of the
HCPC, this would poorly serve our registrants and the public. Therefore
taking the arguments into account we have concluded that the interested in
maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest factors.

Internal review

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request a review by writing to:

Secretariat

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House

184 Kennington Park Road

London

SE11 4BU

Email: Secretariat

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 Website: www.ico.gov.uk

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU

www.hcpc-uk.org

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building are adequate protection. Electronic transmission of Confidential
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encryption or secured form of transport. The data is for the addressee
only; disclosure, transmission or dissemination of Confidential data must
be authorized by the HCPC information owner.

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1. http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/...
2. http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/...
3. http://www.hcpc-uk.org/publications/repo...

Dear FOI,
Review it so I can take it to the OIC and then the court for enforcement. See my other request for internal review and my re-made request about Karen Aldred.

Yours sincerely,

[Name Removed]

FOI, Health and Care Professions Council

Dear [name removed]

Thank you for your email.

Your request for an internal review for information about the names of the unsuccessful companies that tendered for legal services has been passed onto the Director of Council and Committee Services. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible and, at the latest within 20 working days.

The reference number for your request is FR04556.

Yours sincerely

Maxine Pryce
Freedom of Information
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU

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Dear [name removed]

Attached is the response to your interview reivew request.

Yours sincerely

Giba Begum

Freedom of Information

Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU

www.hcpc-uk.org

tel +44 (0)20 7840 9710 (direct dial) or +44 (0)845 3004472 (Main
switchboard)

[HCPC request email]

To sign up to our e-newsletter, please email [email address]

Please consider the environment before printing this email 

Correspondence is welcome in English or Welsh / Gallwch ohebu yn Gymraeg
neu Saesneg.

Information classification and handling: “Confidential” – data should
always be kept locked in a secure location. Multiple layers of protection
such as a secure building, access control, and locked offices within a
building are adequate protection. Electronic transmission of Confidential
data with Personally Identifiable Information (PII) must be secured via
encryption or secured form of transport. The data is for the addressee
only; disclosure, transmission or dissemination of Confidential data must
be authorized by the HCPC information owner.

The material transmitted in this email is intended only for the person or
legal entity to whom it is addressed and may contain confidential and
privileged information. It may not be used or disclosed except for the
purpose for which it has been sent. If you are not the addressee or have
received this email in error please notify the sender and do not read,
print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance on the material in this
email.

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