Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Dear Norfolk County Council,

Please identify for the last six years:

(a) the amount of court fees billed for by nplaw;
(b) the costs claimed by solicitors employed by nplaw in court;

dates over the last six years when nplaw was regulated as a firm by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Morning,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-376042-M0V2M6

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 08 November 2019.

We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request. If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.

You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [email address] or by telephone 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich

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Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Dear Information Management,

I am aware that the individual lawyers of nplaw will be regulated by the SRA. I am seeking clarification as to the years that nplaw law (the firm) was regulated by the SRA.. If it was not regulated by the SRA it is assumed that it was regulated by the Council's to which it provides a shared service through their monitoring officer and/or head of paid service.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr Carruthers
 
Freedom of Information Request ENQ-376042-M0V2M6
 
I refer to your request for information dated 8 November 2019.
 
You asked for:
 
Please identify for the last six years:
 
(a) the amount of court fees billed for by nplaw;
(b) the costs claimed by  solicitors employed by nplaw in court;
 
dates over the last six  years when nplaw was regulated as a firm by the
Solicitors Regulation Authority.
 
You further added by separate email:
 
I am aware that the individual lawyers of nplaw will be regulated by the
SRA. I am seeking clarification as to the years that nplaw law (the firm)
was regulated by the SRA.. If it was not regulated by the SRA it is
assumed that it was regulated by the Council's to which it provides a
shared service through their monitoring officer and/or head of paid
service.
 
 
Our response:
 
The Council considers your request to be vexatious and it is refused under
section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).  This email acts as a
refusal notice.
 
The reasons why the Council considers your request to be vexatious are as
follows:
 
•       Your request relates to matters that have been dealt with via
formal complaints processes and/or legal proceedings. 
•       They form a small part of a vast amount of correspondence and
legal proceedings between you (or where you have sought to have acted
through other despite a High Court Order in which you have been declared
to be a vexatious litigant) and the Council which has placed an
unreasonable burden on the authority and you have demonstrated an
unreasonable persistence in these matters despite clear directions from
the Court that you are not permitted to act as a Mackenzie friend.
 
In considering whether complying with your request is in the public
interest, the Council has carried out a balancing exercise and has
concluded that the balance falls in favour of refusing your requests. 
Dealing with these requests would serve no wider public function that
would outweigh the unreasonable amount of officer time that would be taken
away from delivering services to the wider public.
 
If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:
 
[1][email address]
or Information Compliance Team
Room 043
County Hall
Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DH
 
An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".
 
If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO
Website at: [2]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern.  Or you can write to them at:
 
First Contact Team
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane, Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Yours sincerely
 
Bev Whittaker, Information Compliance Officer 
Information Management 
Tel: 01603 638017 | Dept: 01603 222661
Bays 7,8 & 9, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane,
Norwich 
  
 
 
 

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Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Dear Norfolk County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Norfolk County Council's handling of my FOI request 'NPLAW bills'.

There is nothing vexatious about the request. It should identify the level of billing by nplaw and its status as a firm

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

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm your Freedom of Information Request, ENQ-376042-M0V2M6, has been progressed to the Internal Review stage and assigned to an Information Compliance Manager to complete.

Thank you,

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich

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Spicer, Lesley, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr Carruthers

 

I have now reviewed the Council’s response to your request for information
reference: ENQ-376042-M0V2M6.

 

You have not raised any specific reasons why you consider the response to
be incorrect.  I have therefore reviewed the response as a whole and I
consider that the exemption was appropriately applied.  The Council
maintains its view that your request is vexatious.

 

If you are dissatisfied following this review, you may apply to the
Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a decision
whether your request for information has been dealt with in accordance
with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO Website at:
https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a concern.  Or
you can write to them at:

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Kind regards

 

Lesley Spicer, Information Compliance Manager 

Information Compliance Team, Strategy and Governance

Tel: 01603 223157 | Dept: 01603 222661

County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH 

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