Erda Kollovozi

Dear South Lanarkshire Council,

I would like to make a request for information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

Please provide the following information:
• Full time equivalent trend of legally qualified professionals for the last three years
• Total expenditure on internal legal services for the last three financial years
• Total expenditure on external legal services for the last three financial years

Yours faithfully,

Erda Kollovozi

Dunn, Bill, South Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Kollovozi

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information, received on 7 May 2020.

We are dealing with your request. We will issue a full response as soon as possible, but no later than 4 August 2020. If you have requested that we respond to you by mail, please allow time for postage.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Dunn
Information Compliance Manager
Contracts and Conveyancing Team
Administration and Legal Services
Finance and Corporate Resources
South Lanarkshire Council
Council Offices
Almada Street
Hamilton
ML3 0AA

Tel (01698 45) 4564
Email: [email address]

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via www.contactscotland-bsl.org.

More information
More information about contactSCOTLAND-BSL can be found at their website https://contactscotland-bsl.org/

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Dunn, Bill, South Lanarkshire Council

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Dear Ms Kollovozi

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA)

Request for Information

 

I refer to your information requests received by the Council on 7 May 2020
in which you asked for the following information:

 

·      Full time equivalent trend of legally qualified professionals for
the last three years (Request 1)

·      Total expenditure on internal legal services for the last three
financial years (Request 2)

·      Total expenditure on external legal services for the last three
financial years (Request 3)

 

Holding the Information

 

The Council has searched its records and has located all of the
information that you have requested

 

Response to Requests

 

The Council can give you all of the information that it has in relation to
your requests. This information is as follows:

 

Request 1

 

Solicitor
FTE Solicitor
-Start of FTE -End Average
  Year of Year FTE
2017-18 14.99 16.33 15.66
2018-19 16.33 15.59 15.96
2019-20 15.59 14.79 15.19

 

Request 2

 

+-----------------------------------------------------+
|2017-18 |£1,331,511.01 |
|------------------------+----------------------------|
|  |  |
|------------------------+----------------------------|
|2018-19 |£1,331,179.66 |
|------------------------+----------------------------|
|  |  |
|------------------------+----------------------------|
|2019-20 |£1,446,555.32 |
+-----------------------------------------------------+

 

Please note that these figures include

·          all staff costs, including employer’s superannuation
contribution, car allowances and expenses for legally qualified staff

·          all property costs

·          supplies and services

·          transport and plant and

·          administrative costs.

 

These figures include a deduction for the costs recovered from external
parties in relation to the provision of these services. Details of these
recovered costs are

 

+---------------------------------------------------+
|2017-18 |£110,578.87 |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|  |  |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|2018-19 |£162,160.68 |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|  |  |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|2019-20 |£122,318.86 |
+---------------------------------------------------+

 

Request 3

 

+---------------------------------------------------+
|2017-18 |£279,259.68 |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|  |  |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|2018-19 |£160,538.46 |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|  |  |
|-----------------------+---------------------------|
|2019-20 |£123,055.43 |
+---------------------------------------------------+

 

 

Request for Review

 

The Council has a Review Panel to deal with complaints from people who are
not happy about the way that it has handled their request. Staff not
involved in the original decision will handle any review.

 

If you want to complain, you can ask the Review Panel to look at the way
that we have dealt with your request. It will consider whether we have
complied with the requirements of FOISA. Please note that if you wish to
complain, you must do so by 13 August 2020.  You must explain why you are
not happy when requesting a review.

 

Please note that the Review Panel cannot look at any decisions taken by
the Council or actions of the Council or any of its employees or a service
provided by it that are not connected to the handling for request for
information.

 

You should send your request for a review to:

            Ms G McCann

            Head of Administration and Legal Services

            Finance and Corporate Resources

            Floor 2

            Council Offices

Almada Street

Hamilton

ML3 0AA

 

Alternatively, you can request a review at
[1][email address].

 

Appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner

 

If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you can appeal to the
Scottish Information Commissioner.  The Commissioner will decide whether
the Council has dealt with your request properly. Please see the
Commissioner’s website at [2]www.itspublicknowledge.info for further
details.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Bill Dunn

Information Compliance Manager

People and Commuties Team

Administration and Legal Services

Finance and Corporate Resources

South Lanarkshire Council

Council Offices

Almada Street

Hamilton

ML3 0AA

 

Tel (01698 45) 4564

Email: [3][email address]

 

For electronic service of court/official documents – email
[4][email address]

 

British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us via
[5]www.contactscotland-bsl.org.

 

 

More information

More information about contactSCOTLAND-BSL can be found at their website
[6]https://contactscotland-bsl.org/

 

 

 

South Lanarkshire Council

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