Reasons for extending current North East councils' legal panel

Johan Briggs made this Freedom of Information request to Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

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Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

Since the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (representing 10 London councils) appointed its legal panel in October 2009 it has undertaken 3 panel reviews to achieve greater value for money for the taxpayer.

The opposite appears to have happened with the management of the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel (representing 5 North East councils). Information in the public domain suggests that rather than undertake any money saving reviews, the decision was made to extend the panel on the same terms and with the same firms for an extra year!

1) Please provide any documents which set out how the decision was reached to extend the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel for an extra year. This should include any submissions made to councillors and arguments for / against extending the panel.

2) When and where does the Council expect to advertise the opportunity to be part of the next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel?

3) Please provide copies of any emails sent by Council staff to staff at current panel law firms relating to the letting of the next Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Authority joint legal panel.

4) Please provide a copy of the last email sent to all staff in the legal services department reminding them of their obligations to declare all gifts and hospitality received from law firms.

Thank you in advance for your help with this request. I fully understand that parts of the emails will need to be obscured to protect personal and other sensitive information.

Yours faithfully,

Johan Briggs

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Craig Winter
Senior Solicitor (Commercial Team)
Newcastle City Council
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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