ET Cost Barristers/Solicitors

V Gray made this Freedom of Information request to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Walsall Borough Council

I would like to know how much the Council has spent outsourcing to either Barristers Chambers or Solicitors at Employment Tribunals for all Council Staff (including Teaching Staff). Any combination of those below, between 1st August 2000 and the 31 October 2010:

1) For constructive dismissal

2) Unfair dismissal

3) One (or more) of the various discrimination claims and/or under the Protection from Harassment Act

4) Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

5) Any other Employment issues, I may have omitted.

Please name the Solicitors/Barristers that the Council have outsourced to: For example, 2010 Number (which is the cost spent) Name (Name of Solicitor/Barrister). Please provide the figures in the following format e.g. 2006 – NUMBER HERE AND SOLICITOR OR BARRISTERS NAME HERE; 2007 – NUMBER HERE AND SOLICITOR OR BARRISTERS NAME HERE; 2008 – NUMBER HERE AND SOLICITORS OR BARRISTERS NAME HERE ; 2010 – NUMBER HERE AND SOLICITORS OR BARRISTERS NAME HERE; etc, thus making it easier for one to read and to ensure there is no misunderstandings.

I would request that you include VAT in the figures. Not a before and after VAT, a figure which included total cost including VAT.

Please also send this information as "calendar years" not financial years.

Please note that I do not seek or require any personal information such as names and addresses – only the total figures and name of the law firms whom the Council outsourced too.

I would ask that you remember the statutory duty imposed upon public authorities by virtue of Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act to provide advice and assistance to requesters. If for any reason you are leaning toward rejecting any part of this request or if you plan to argue that it is unmanageable or unanswerable in any way then I would expect you to contact me promptly to find ways to answer this request to our mutual Satisfaction.

Yours faithfully,

G

Dear Walsall Borough Council,

Thank you for your prompt response. I must apologise there was slight technical glitch when I first registered which omitted my name. This has now been rectified by the have you say team, who have been extremely helpful in resolving this issue.
I look forward to receiving the correct information from you.

Yours faithfully,

V Gray

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear V Gray,

Thank you for this, we will now proceed with your request.

Regards

Nailah Ukaidi
Principal Performance Officer ( Information & Records )
Customer Focus & Intelligence (FoI, DPA & EIR)
Business Change
Resources Directorate
Walsall Council
The Civic Centre
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1TP
Tel: 01922 653585
Fax: 01922 614210
E-mail: [email address]
Website:  www.walsall.gov.uk

"The information in this message must be regarded as confidential and is intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.
If you have received this message in error it must be deleted and the sender notified. The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those of Walsall Council unless explicitly stated. Please be aware that emails sent to or received from Walsall Council may be intercepted and read by the council to ensure compliance with council policies or regulatory obligations, or for the purposes of essential maintenance or support of the email system. You should also be aware that any email may be subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of Information or Environmental Information legislation and therefore could be disclosed to third parties".

Dear Nailah Ukaidi

Thank you for your message. I look forward to receiving the correct information.

Yours faithfully,

V Gray

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr/s Gray

Thank you for your request for information, relating to Spend on legal
outsourcing our ref: RFI0045/11

In accordance with provisions within the Freedom of Information Act
2000, the council will respond to your request within 20 working days
saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges.

If for any reason we cannot provide you with the information we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your enquiry please do
so quoting the above reference number using the contact details below.

Nailah Ukaidi
Principal Performance Officer ( Information & Records )
Customer Focus & Intelligence (FoI, DPA & EIR)
Business Change
Resources Directorate
Walsall Council
The Civic Centre
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1TP
Tel: 01922 653585
Fax: 01922 614210
E-mail: [email address]
Website: www.walsall.gov.uk

"The information in this message must be regarded as confidential and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.
If you have received this message in error it must be deleted and the
sender notified. The views expressed in this message are personal and
not necessarily those of Walsall Council unless explicitly stated.
Please be aware that emails sent to or received from Walsall Council may
be intercepted and read by the council to ensure compliance with council
policies or regulatory obligations, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system. You should also be aware
that any email may be subject of a request under Data Protection,
Freedom of Information or Environmental Information legislation and
therefore could be disclosed to third parties".

Dear Nailah Ukaidi

Thank you for your prompt response, I look forward to receiving the correct information.

Yours faithfully,

V Gray

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr V Gray

I write to acknowledge and apologise for the delay in responding to your
request for information. As you know the council is required to respond to
all requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act and / or
the Environmental Information Regulations within 20 working days, unless a
`qualified exception' applies or the request is both complex and lengthy.

I am sorry that in this case we have not met this timescale, but would
assure of our best intentions in this regard. I can confirm that a full
reply to your request will be sent to you as soon as possible.

If you have any queries in regard to this process, please do not hesitate
to contact us using the details above and below.

Yours sincerely

Nailah Ukaidi

Principal Performance Officer ( Information & Records )

Customer Focus & Intelligence (FoI, DPA & EIR)

Business Change

Resources Directorate

Walsall Council

The Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall

WS1 1TP

Tel: 01922 653585

Fax: 01922 614210

E-mail: [email address]

Website: [1]www.walsall.gov.uk

"The information in this message must be regarded as confidential and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.

If you have received this message in error it must be deleted and the
sender notified. The views expressed in this message are personal and not
necessarily those of Walsall Council unless explicitly stated. Please be
aware that emails sent to or received from Walsall Council may be
intercepted and read by the council to ensure compliance with council
policies or regulatory obligations, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system. You should also be aware that
any email may be subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of
Information or Environmental Information legislation and therefore could
be disclosed to third parties".

Suzanne Peace

Admin Assistant

Business Change

Resources Directorate

Walsall Council

The Council House, Lichfield Street,

Walsall. WS1 1TW

Tel: 01922 653572

E-mail: [2][email address]

Website: [3]www.walsall.gov.uk

"The information in this message must be regarded as confidential and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated. If you have
received this message in error it must be deleted and the sender notified.
The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
of Walsall Council unless explicitly stated. Please be aware that emails
sent to or received from Walsall Council may be intercepted and read by
the council to ensure compliance with council policies or regulatory
obligations, or for the purposes of essential maintenance or support of
the email system. You should also be aware that any email may be subject
of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of Information or
Environmental Information legislation and therefore could be disclosed to
third parties".

References

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3. http://www.walsall.gov.uk/

Dear Nailah Ukaidi,

Thank you for your response.

I look forward to receiving the correct information.

Yours faithfully,

V Gray

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Gray,

Freedom of Information Request

Further to your request for information about Spend on legal outsourcing,
please see below.

Information that is still held by the Council prior to 2004 is archived on
a separate system and the time taken to extract and collate this
information would be likely to exceed the appropriate time limit provided
for under the Act and is therefore exempt. You are also advised that
financial records are only kept for six years.

The information below has been provided in the form held by the Council,
 the figures are inclusive of VAT, whilst we have given due regard to
your request, I can confirm that the FOI Act does not require the Council
to create new information in order to respond to a request.

Year Supplier Total
2004 EVERSHEDS £ 3,765.20
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 311.25
2004 Total £ 4,076.45
2005 EVERSHEDS £ 4,842.03
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 505.25
ST PHILIPS £ 381.88
2005 Total £ 5,729.16
2006 EVERSHEDS £ 1,449.48
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 102,753.70
ST PHILIPS £ 440.63
2006 Total £ 104,643.81
2007 EVERSHEDS £ 50,908.59
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 79,292.43
MR SIMON BIRKS £ 2,643.75
MR TARIQ SADIQ £ 411.26
MR TIM KERR QC £ 12,925.00
ST PHILIPS £ 3,818.75
2007 Total £ 149,999.78
2008 BARLOW LYDE & GILBERT LLP £ 51,412.13
EVERSHEDS £ 110,602.39
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 277,511.15
MR SIMON BIRKS £ 18,741.25
MR TARIQ SADIQ £ 45,105.37
MR TIM KERR QC £ 53,327.41
NO 5 CHAMBERS £ 677.98
2008 Total £ 557,377.68
2009 BARLOW LYDE & GILBERT LLP £ 82,519.69
EQUITY COURT CHAMBERS £ 3,450.00
EVERSHEDS £ 90,889.64
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 148,318.72
MR MOHAMMED A HAY £ 4,600.00
MR SIMON BIRKS £ 8,050.00
MR TARIQ SADIQ £ 21,847.64
MR TIM KERR QC £ 47,689.38
NO 5 CHAMBERS £ 1,475.25
ST PHILIPS £ 1,987.20
2009 Total £ 410,827.52
2010 BARLOW LYDE & GILBERT LLP £ 158,609.92
EVERSHEDS £ 449,399.24
EVERSHEDS LLP £ 426,295.42
MR MOHAMMED A HAY £ 12,366.88
MR SHABBIR LAKHA £ 204,910.45
MR SIMON BIRKS £ 5,228.75
MR TIM KERR QC £ 233,381.64
NO 5 CHAMBERS £ 2,123.17
ST PHILIPS £ 89.30
2010 Total £1,492,404.77
Grand Total £2,725,059.17

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004
requests will be subject to copyright protection. In most cases the
copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright in respect of
other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as
indicated.

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Complaints Section, Corporate Performance Management (FOI), Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall  WS1 1TP.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF.

Yours sincerely

Nailah Ukaidi

Principal Performance Officer ( Information & Records )

Customer Focus & Intelligence  (FoI, DPA & EIR)

Business Change

Resources Directorate

Walsall Council

The Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall

WS1 1TP

Tel: 01922  653585

Fax: 01922  614210

E-mail: [email address]

Website: [1]www.walsall.gov.uk

"The information in this message must be regarded as confidential and is
intended for the addressee only unless explicitly stated.

If you have received this message in error it must be deleted and the
sender notified. The views expressed in this message are personal and not
necessarily those of Walsall Council unless explicitly stated. Please be
aware that emails sent to or received from Walsall Council may be
intercepted and read by the council to ensure compliance with council
policies or regulatory obligations, or for the purposes of essential
maintenance or support of the email system. You should also be aware that
any email may be subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of
Information or Environmental Information legislation and therefore could
be disclosed to third parties".

References

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1. http://www.walsall.gov.uk/

Dear Walsall Borough Council,

Thank you for providing the correct information.

Yours faithfully,

V Gray