Dear Merthyr Tydfil Council,

How many of the Council's employees are qualified solicitors.

How many of these employees are not actually employed by the Council as solicitors.

For example, the Chief Executive may be a qualified solicitor but he is not employed as a solicitor.

Also, for each of the last 3 financial years, how much has the council spent on obtaining legal advice and support from external providers.

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Jones

FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

RE:     Freedom Of Information Act 2000 – INFORMATION Request

 

We acknowledge your request for information about solicitors received by
the Data Disclosure and Records Officer on 10^th December 2018.

 

We are considering your request and you will receive the Councils full
response within the [1]statutory time limit of 20 working days, which in
this instance is no later than 10^th January 2019, unless the information
is exempt or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is
in the public interest in accordance with [2]Section 2 of the Act.  

 

The [3]Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the
information you have requested. Before we provide the information we will
consider whether it is proper to release it and if any of the exemption
categories do apply then the information may not be released. We will tell
you if this is the case, and you will have a right of appeal. If the
information you request contains reference to a third party then they may
be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release
the information to you. You may have to pay a fee for this information; we
will consider this and let you know. If a fee is applicable the Council
will issue you with a Fees Notice. The 20 working day time limit will not
start until we receive your payment. If you have any queries or concerns,
please contact the Data Disclosure and Records Officer on 01685 725000 or
[4][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]. You can find out more about the Act from the
Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales)

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

 

Tel: 029 2067 8400 

Fax: 029 2067 8399

Email: [5][email address]

Website: [6]www.ico.org.uk

 

Responses to completed requests for information are published online
within our disclosure log. Our disclosure log is located in the find it
section of our external website ([7]www.merthyr.gov.uk). Please click
[8]HERE to view our disclosure log.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Swyddog Datgelu Data a Chofnodion/Data Disclosure and Records Officer

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Team

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Council

 

Canolfan Dinesig/Civic Centre

Stryd Y Castell/Castle Street

Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN/CF47 8AN

Ffon/Tel: 01685 725000

E-bost/E-mail: [9][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]

 

Croesawn ni ohebu yn y Gymraeg/We welcome correspondence in Welsh.

Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae
cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid
ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr
Tudful.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

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Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Teleffon\Telephone: 01685 725000

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FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Dear Sir/Madam

RE:     Freedom Of Information Act 2000 – INFORMATION Request

We have considered your request and provide the following information:

 

How many of the Council's employees are qualified solicitors.

Information not held. We would only hold this information on the people
employed by the Council as practising Solicitors.

 

How many of these employees are not actually employed by the Council as
solicitors.

For example, the Chief Executive may be a qualified solicitor but he is
not employed as a solicitor.

Information not held. We would only hold this information on the people
employed by the Council as practising Solicitors.

 

Also, for each of the last 3 financial years, how much has the council
spent on obtaining legal advice and support from external providers.

Information not held.

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by this department will have been produced by
government officials and will be Crown Copyright. You can find details on
the arrangements for re-using Crown copyright from [1]The National
Archives.

 

We supply this based on your original request. If this is not what you
wanted or if you feel we have not fully understood your request please do
not hesitate to contact us to clarify your exact requirements. If you have
any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with the handling
of your request and you wish to make a complaint please contact the
Information Governance Team on 01685 725000 or [2][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]. If
you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint please contact
the Councils Complaints Team on 01685 725000 or
[3][email address], alternatively you may wish to submit a
complaint using the Councils [4]online complaints form. You can find out
more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales)

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

 

Tel: 029 2067 8400 

Fax: 029 2067 8399

Email: [5][email address]

Website: [6]www.ico.org.uk

Responses to completed requests for information are published online
within our disclosure log. Our disclosure log is located on our external
website ([7]www.merthyr.gov.uk). Please click [8]HERE to view our
disclosure log.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Swyddog Datgelu Data a Chofnodion/Data Disclosure and Records Officer

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Team

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Council

 

Canolfan Dinesig/Civic Centre

Stryd Y Castell/Castle Street

Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN/CF47 8AN

Ffon/Tel: 01685 725000

E-bost/E-mail: [9][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]

 

Croesawn ni ohebu yn y Gymraeg/We welcome correspondence in Welsh.

Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae
cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid
ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr
Tudful.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

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individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Teleffon\Telephone: 01685 725000

[10]http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

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Dear Merthyr Tydfil Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Merthyr Tydfil Council's handling of my FOI request 'Solicitors Employed by the Council

I refer to the response I have received to this request.
I find it hard to understand that a local authority cannot provide this information I have requested.
I am sure that the Authority has the appropriate databases to be able to interrogate to provide the information requested. Do you expect me to believe that if the Full Council asked for this information you would tell them that you don't know because you don't have this information.

You have not even provided the information for the number of solicitors employed by the Council as solicitors.
Regarding the request for information on the money spent on legal support from external sources for the last 3 financial years, I do not accept that you do not hold this information. If the Full Council requested this information do you expect me to believe that you would tell them that you were not able to provide it.
Your FInance System with its various cost centres must allow you to provide this information. If not, I would suggest that you need to employ a new Director of FInance.

Please provide me with the information I have requested.

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

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Jones

FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Dear Sirs,

RE:     Freedom Of Information Act 2000 – INFORMATION Request

 

We acknowledge your request for an appeal relating to request reference
FOI 6967 received by the Data Protection Officer on the 10^th January
2019.

 

As you aware the Council did not apply an exemption to your request for
information so we will not be able to treat this as an appeal, however we
will reconsider your request and will aim at providing you with a full
response within 20 working days, which in this instance will be the 7^th
February 2019. If the Data Protection Officer is unable to provide you
with a response within this timescale we will contact you.

 

If your appeal is successful the information will be provided within 20
working days of the Councils full response. If your appeal is unsuccessful
you have the right to request a decision from the Information
Commissioner. To find out more about appeals you can contact the
Information Commissioners Office (Wales) directly on the following contact
details:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales)

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

 

Tel: 029 2067 8400 

Fax: 029 2067 8399

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

If you wish to make a formal complaint about the handling of your appeal
will need to complete and return the Councils Formal Complaints Form. You
can obtain more information on the Councils complaints procedure by
visiting the Councils website, [3]www.merthyr.gov.uk or contacting the
Complaints Department on 01685 725000 or via email
[4][email address]. Alternatively you can also contact the
Complaints Department in writing at the following address:

 

Complaints Department

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Civic Centre

Castle Street

Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your appeal please contact
the Data Protection Officer directly on 01685 725000, via email
[5][email address] or using the Council’s address provided
previously.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mrs. Lisa Richards

Swyddog Diogelu Data/Data Protection Officer

 

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Team

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Council

Canolfan Dinesig/Civic Centre

Stryd Y Castell/Castle Street

Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN/CF47 8AN

Ffon/Tel: 01685 725000

E-bost/E-mail: [6][email address]

 

Croesawn ni ohebu yn y Gymraeg/We welcome correspondence in Welsh.

 

Please read our [7]privacy notices to find out more about how we use your
personal information.

 

Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae
cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid
ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr
Tudful.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the
individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Teleffon\Telephone: 01685 725000

[8]http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

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FOI (Freedom of Information), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Dear Mr Jones,

RE:     Freedom Of Information Act 2000 – INFORMATION Request

Thank you for your request to review, it seems we misinterpreted your
original request. We have now considered your revised request and provide
the following information:

 

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council currently have 5 people employed as
solicitors.

 

The amount of money the Council has spent on external law firms and
barristers in the last three years

2017/18 - £90,035

2016/17 - £129,954

2015/16 - £189,076

 

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your
own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for
the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial
publication, would require the permission of the copyright holder. Most
documents supplied by this department will have been produced by
government officials and will be Crown Copyright. You can find details on
the arrangements for re-using Crown copyright from [1]The National
Archives.

 

We supply this based on your original request. If this is not what you
wanted or if you feel we have not fully understood your request please do
not hesitate to contact us to clarify your exact requirements. If you have
any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with the handling
of your request and you wish to make a complaint please contact the
Information Governance Team on 01685 725000 or [2][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]. If
you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint please contact
the Councils Complaints Team on 01685 725000 or
[3][email address], alternatively you may wish to submit a
complaint using the Councils [4]online complaints form. You can find out
more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office (Wales)

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

 

Tel: 0330 414 6421 

Email: [5][email address]

Website: [6]www.ico.org.uk

Responses to completed requests for information are published online
within our disclosure log. Our disclosure log is located on our external
website ([7]www.merthyr.gov.uk). Please click [8]HERE to view our
disclosure log.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Swyddog Datgelu Data a Chofnodion/Data Disclosure and Records Officer

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/Information Governance Team

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil County Borough
Council

 

Canolfan Dinesig/Civic Centre

Stryd Y Castell/Castle Street

Merthyr Tudful/Merthyr Tydfil

CF47 8AN/CF47 8AN

Ffon/Tel: 01685 725000

E-bost/E-mail: [9][Merthyr Tydfil Council request email]

 

Croesawn ni ohebu yn y Gymraeg/We welcome correspondence in Welsh.

Croesawn ohebu yn Gymraeg a fydd hyn ddim yn arwain at oedi.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol
ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae
cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid
ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr
Tudful.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and
intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are
addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the
individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Teleffon\Telephone: 01685 725000

[10]http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

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