Mrs Shelia Coburn Revenues Manager – Mr Andrew Morrell LPC Law ? Relationship with J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd ?

Mr. Powell made this Freedom of Information request to Maidstone Borough Council

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The request was refused by Maidstone Borough Council.

Dear Maidstone Borough Council,

Mrs Shelia Coburn Revenues Manager – Mr Andrew Morrell LPC Law ?
Relationship with J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd ?

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Maidstone Borough Council have not provided what relationship Mrs Sheila Coburn Revenues Manager has with J E Baring & Co or their Agents or confirmed if she instructed J E Baring & Co Ltd.

Maidstone Borough Council has only confirmed that Mrs Sheila Coburn is paid by the council to appear informally, how is that possible when the county court hearings are in chambers hearings and closed hearings and Mr Andrew Morrell an Agent for J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd appears on LPC Law website for Open Court Advocacy.

I wish to know if Sheila was appearing on behalf of the council or on behalf of J E Baring & Co or J E Baring & Co Ltd whilst being paid by the council.

And was Andrew appearing on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council or J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Powell

ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

Dear Mr Powell,

Please could you clarify which case you are referring to.

Yours sincerely

Sam Bailey

Samuel Bailey
Information and Projects Officer
Policy and Information Team
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent
ME15 6JQ
t 01622 602263 f 01622 602978 w www.maidstone.gov.uk

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Dear ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC),

All cases in which Mrs Sheila Coburn has had any dealings with Mr Andrew Morrell and J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Powell

ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

Dear Mr Powell,

Please could you clarify what you mean by 'any dealings'.

Yours sincerely,

Samuel Bailey
Information and Projects Officer
Policy and Information Team
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent
ME15 6JQ
t 01622 602263 f 01622 602978 w www.maidstone.gov.uk

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Dear ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC),

All cases where Sheila Coburn has had any involvement.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Powell

ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

Dear Mr Powell,

To be of advice and assistance I need to explain to you the following.

Sheila Coburn is the Council's Acting Head of Revenues and Benefits and her substantive post is the Revenues Manager. As such she would only appear in court in relation to council tax on behalf of the council.

J E Baring, as you are already aware, are a solicitors firm that we have used for council tax cases. As such they would be acting on behalf of the council.

Any other solicitors employed by J E Baring for cases on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council would be appearing on J E Baring's behalf, who are acting on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council.

I am afraid I still cannot answer your FOI request (for recorded information) until you are specific about which particular case or cases you are referring to.

Yours sincerely,

Samuel Bailey
Information and Projects Officer
Policy and Information Team
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent
ME15 6JQ
t 01622 602263 f 01622 602978 w www.maidstone.gov.uk

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Dear ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC),

Thank you for confirming that Sheila Coburn is acting as Head of Revenues and Benefits as a paid member of council staff.

You have already been made aware that all cases are required where Sheila has had involvement and paid by the council to attend court.

For all cases please also explain why Sheila would be required to attend with outside London solicitors or Agency solicitors-agents or both, when J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd have already been instructed at the behest and promoted publicly by Sheila to act on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Powell

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Unfortunately Maidstone Borough Council continue to be vague when answering FOI requests.

How can a council who has it's own joint local legal services (Swale Borough Council ) allow a member of staff to instruct a London based firm of solicitors (hardly local to Maidstone and basically a middleman and without putting the work out to tender to local firms) to further instruct a second middleman (London Agency) who do not send its own staff but instead self employed advocates/solicitors agents just another third middlemen ?

Is this so that there is no connection to Maidstone Borough Council and why would the council also need to send the instructing member of staff along "informally" surely council staff should be able to trust who they are contracting work out to who should not need babysitting or are they just their to gloat?

Dear Maidstone Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Maidstone Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Mrs Shelia Coburn Revenues Manager – Mr Andrew Morrell LPC Law ? Relationship with J E Baring & Co or Co Ltd ?'.

Before this request is passed to the ICO , please confirm if you intend to provide the information requested?

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Powell

ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

Dear Mr Powell,

None of the information you have requested would be classified as an FOI request under the act, as to respond would require us to create new information.

I have given you advice and tried to give you information to inform you of the processes you are enquiring about.

I would also refer you to your previous request (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...) and our responses, both at the first stage and review stage.

I am afraid I cannot help you any further.

Yours sincerely,

Samuel Bailey
Information and Projects Officer
Policy and Information Team
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent
ME15 6JQ
t 01622 602263 f 01622 602978 w www.maidstone.gov.uk

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