Please publish a list of charities held by the SRA

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Dear Solicitors Regulation Authority,

When faced with legacy due a missing beneficiary of a will, solicitors sometimes donate the legacy to a charity in return for an indemnity that the charity will return the money to the solicitors if the missing beneficiary should turn up.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority holds a list of charities which will accept donations on this basis.

Please publish this list.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Grenet

Joao Curro,

Dear Mr Grenet

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/837

 

Thank you for your email today to the Solicitors Regulation Authority
(“SRA”) requesting information. I am treating this as an information
request under the Law Society Freedom of Information Code of Practice
("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

    “ When faced with legacy due a missing beneficiary of a will,

     solicitors sometimes donate the legacy to a charity in return for

     an indemnity that the charity will return the money to the

     solicitors if the missing beneficiary should turn up.

    

     The Solicitors Regulation Authority holds a list of charities which

     will accept donations on this basis.

    

     Please publish this list.”

 

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out its regulatory functions. The Law Society is not covered by the
Freedom of Information Act (the FOIA) as it is not a designated authority,
but has adopted its own voluntary Code of Practice which closely reflects
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I am currently dealing with your request. Bob Stanley, Information
Compliance Manager will aim to respond formally by 06 September 2012 which
is 20 working days from the receipt of your request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joao Curro

Information Compliance Officer - Legal Services

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

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Dear Joao Curro,

Thank you for your response.

When you publish the list, will you please also publish any guidance, explanatory or other notes which accompany the list.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Grenet

Joao Curro,

Dear Mr Grenet
 
Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/837
 
Thank you for your email. Your additional request has been noted.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Joao Curro
Information Compliance Officer - Legal Services
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 7242 1222 (Ext 4539)
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Professional Ethics Advice Service, Solicitors Regulation Authority

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Dear Mr Grenet

 

Please find attached the list of charities that the SRA has compiled. 
There is some introductory text explaining that these relate to
application to the SRA under Rule 20, of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011. 
Where the Personal Representatives were able to give instructions we would
not usually consider an application for a missing beneficiary of a will.

 

I hope this information is of assistance.

 

Regards,

 

 

John Whitehouse

Senior Ethics Adviser

Ethics Guidance Team

 

Internal: 3320

Direct Dial: 01527 512 951

[email address]

 

 

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Joao Curro,

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Dear Mr Grenet

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/837

 

Further to my colleague Joao Curro’s email of 08 August 2012 please find
below the response to your information request under the Law Society
Freedom of Information Code of Practice ("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

    “ When faced with legacy due a missing beneficiary of a will,

     solicitors sometimes donate the legacy to a charity in return for

     an indemnity that the charity will return the money to the

     solicitors if the missing beneficiary should turn up.

    

     The Solicitors Regulation Authority holds a list of charities which

     will accept donations on this basis.

    

     Please publish this list.”

 

 

Please find attached the requested information, as sent to you by Mr John
Whitehouse of the SRA earlier today.

 

 

I hope this information is of use.

 

Yours sincerely

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager - Legal Services
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 7242 1222 (x4117)
f: 020 7320 5685
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Dear Mr Grenet

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/837

 

My colleague, Mr John Whitehouse has received a telephone call this
morning from a journalist as a result of his direct dial telephone number
being published on the ‘WhatDoTheyKnow’ website. I would ask that you
remove Mr Whitehouse’s number and instead direct enquiries to the SRA
Press Office.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager - Legal Services
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 7242 1222 (x4117)
f: 020 7320 5685
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From: Joao Curro
Sent: 23 August 2012 10:20
To: '[FOI #124709 email]'
Subject: Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/837

 

Dear Mr Grenet

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/BS/837

 

Further to my colleague Joao Curro’s email of 08 August 2012 please find
below the response to your information request under the Law Society
Freedom of Information Code of Practice ("the Code").

 

You have requested access to the following information:

 

 

    “ When faced with legacy due a missing beneficiary of a will,

     solicitors sometimes donate the legacy to a charity in return for

     an indemnity that the charity will return the money to the

     solicitors if the missing beneficiary should turn up.

    

     The Solicitors Regulation Authority holds a list of charities which

     will accept donations on this basis.

    

     Please publish this list.”

 

 

Please find attached the requested information, as sent to you by Mr John
Whitehouse of the SRA earlier today.

 

 

I hope this information is of use.

 

Yours sincerely

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager - Legal Services
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 7242 1222 (x4117)
f: 020 7320 5685
[2]www.lawsociety.org.uk
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Dear Mr Stanley,

I am afraid I cannot remove Mr Whitehouse’s number from this website. I do not have any control over the website.

I note your reference to directing my enquiries to the SRA press office. I do not understand why you should require this. I have made a request under the Freedom of Information Act and addressed it to the SRA via the WhatDoTheyKnow website which is a proper way to proceed. My question was answered by Joao Curro who explained that he would deal with my request under the Law Society Freedom of Information Code of Practice and that you Mr Bob Stanley, Information Compliance Manager would be responding to my question. I was not at any time advised to contact the SRA press office.

In fact the primary response was made by Mr Whitehouse who, in the usual manner included his telephone number, presumably in case I wished to contact him. Responses made on this website are public and he must have known that information given would be visible to the press and anyone else who visits the website. I see that both you and Mr Curro have also included your own telephone details on your own responses so there does not seem to be any pressing need for secrecy.

I did not pass any telephone details to the press, but I am not surprised that they should be interested in the matter I raised with you.

Mr Whitehouse has answered my question, please pass my thanks to him.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Grenet

Bob Stanley,

Thank you for your email.

I am currently out of the office.

I will reply to your email on my return but if you require a response before then or if you are making a Freedom of Information or Subject Access Request please forward your email to [SRA request email]

Bob Stanley
Information Compliance Manager
The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane
London
WC2A 1PL
020 73205662
ext 4117