Dear University of Liverpool,
please could you provide me with information regarding all the legal advice and/or legal work the university has purchased from any provider between 1 January 2008 - date.
This information, at least, should include the name of the legal firm that carried out the work, the nature of the work and the full cost to the university.
I am particularly interested in any legal advice and/or legal work the university might have purchased in relation to your current Vice-Chancellor and his office.
Mrs Lesley Jackson
Freedom of Information
The Foundation Building
765 Brownlow Hill
F 0151 794 3272
E [University of Liverpool request email]
13^th January 2010
Mr. Bill Wren
Via email to:- [FOI #26515 email]
Dear Mr. Wren,
Thank you for your email dated 6^th January 2010 requesting details of
legal advice purchased by the University between 1^st January 2008 to
I can confirm that the University holds the information you requested.
However, this information is exempt under Section 41 of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) and is therefore being withheld.
Section 41 of the FOIA provides an exemption from disclosing information
that has been provided in confidence and the disclosure of the information
would constitute a breach of confidence actionable by the other party. I
can, however, confirm that the University has, since 1^st January 2008,
had its own in-house legal department which provides advice to all
University departments. I can also confirm that the University’s
retained legal firm is Pinsent Masons.
With regard to your query on the current Vice-Chancellor, I can confirm
that no legal advice has been purchased and any legal guidance has been
provided by our in-house legal team.
If you have any further queries on this matter, please do not hesitate to
Freedom of Information Co-ordinator