Legal costs of "Orange Peel" litter case

Doug Paulley made this Freedom of Information request to Broxbourne Borough Council

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Dear Broxbourne Borough Council,

Please advise how much the Council paid for legal advice, representation and court fees to pursue its prosecution of Luke Gutteridge for dropping one 10p size piece of orange peel, despite him apologising, thanking the officer and immediately picking it up.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

Hannah Simpson, Broxbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information, our reference FOI 3251. Your request was received on 08/07/15 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information or there is a reason for it to be withheld. I will write to you in any event.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you receive in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the Communications section, Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate Cheshunt, EN8 9XQ.
If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Further information about your rights is available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF; Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45; Website www.ico.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

Hannah Simpson

Communications Officer | Broxbourne Borough Council
Bishops' College | Churchgate | Cheshunt | EN8 9XQ
tel 01992 785720 | web: www.broxbourne.gov.uk | twitter: @BroxbourneBC

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Hannah Simpson, Broxbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information, our reference FOI 3251, received on 08/07/15.
Your request has now been considered and the information is outlined below.

There were no court costs or other costs incurred.
All work relating to this matter was carried out by the Council's in-house legal team. Currently one member of this is a temporary agency worker employed to fill a staff vacancy. However, no specific payments have been made in respect of this case.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our decision, you should write to the Communications section, Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate Cheshunt, EN8 9XQ.
If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Further information about your rights is available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF; Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45; Website www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Hannah Simpson

Communications Officer | Broxbourne Borough Council
Bishops' College | Churchgate | Cheshunt | EN8 9XQ
tel 01992 785720 | web: www.broxbourne.gov.uk | twitter: @BroxbourneBC

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Dear Broxbourne Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Broxbourne Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Legal costs of "Orange Peel" litter case'.

You say there were no costs because this was done by an in-house team.

I appreciate that this was done by your in-house team, and as such wouldn't incur any extra cost for the case through the appointment of external advisors and representatives. However, there will have been substantial costs in the time of the legal officers, enforcement officer and so on. I assume that the Council had produced a list of costs that would have been payable by Mr Gutteridge should the Council have been successful in its prosecution.

The Telegraph at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopi... states "Having lost the case, Broxbourne Borough Council must pay its own legal fees of an estimated £4,000."

The BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bed... say "The cost of the nine-month battle was about £4,000 to the council, who "in my understanding" contracted an external firm of solicitors, Dr Ramsden said." This "understanding" must have been incorrect, but there still must have been costs incurred by the Council.

Thanks

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

Doug Paulley

Peter Williams left an annotation ()

If Broxbourne Borough Council has filed a pattern of meritless motions, incurring costs paid for by the taxpayer, it could amount to abuse of the judicial process.

Freedom of Information, Broxbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information, our reference FOI 3295. Your request was received on 05/08/15 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information or there is a reason for it to be withheld. I will write to you in any event.
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you receive in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the Communications section, Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate Cheshunt, EN8 9XQ.
If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Further information about your rights is available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF; Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45; Website www.ico.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

Hannah Simpson

Communications Officer | Broxbourne Borough Council
Bishops' College | Churchgate | Cheshunt | EN8 9XQ
tel 01992 785720 | web: www.broxbourne.gov.uk | twitter: @BroxbourneBC

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Jessica Palmer, Broxbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley

Thanks for your email. I have passed it onto the officer who will be dealing with the internal review.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our decision, you should write to the Communications section, Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate Cheshunt, EN8 9XQ.

If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Further information about your rights is available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF; Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45; Website www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Jessica Palmer
Communications Officer | Broxbourne Borough Council
Bishops' College | Churchgate | Cheshunt | EN8 9XQ
Tel 01992 785589 | Website: www.broxbourne.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter @BroxbourneBC

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Freedom of Information, Broxbourne Borough Council

Dear Mr Paulley

I am writing to advise that the internal review you requested, in a accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has been considered.

The information requested is outlined below.

The recorded legal costs for this case (including work other than for the prosecution) total £1,700.
The Council also paid the contractor £100 for the officer to attend court to give evidence.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request an internal review of our decision, you should write to the Communications section, Broxbourne Borough Council, Bishops' College, Churchgate Cheshunt, EN8 9XQ.

If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Further information about your rights is available from the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF; Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45; Website www.ico.gov.uk

Jessica Palmer
Communications Officer | Broxbourne Borough Council
Bishops' College | Churchgate | Cheshunt | EN8 9XQ
Tel 01992 785589 | Website: www.broxbourne.gov.uk
Follow us on Twitter @BroxbourneBC

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Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

The figure released by the Council has since been revealed to still be too low: their legal costs were £2,057, as revealed in the local paper. I've blogged about it: http://www.kingqueen.org.uk/the-cost-of-...