Tribunal costs, external costs

John Rudkin made this Freedom of Information request to Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

I would like to know how much the Council has spent outsourcing to
either Barristers Chambers or Solicitors at Employment Tribunals
for all Council Officers SPECIFICALLY from the following Department:

ICT Department between 10th July 2011 and the 30th May 2013:

This should limit the details that require to be collated.

Please focus the information on;

1) Cases identified as being about claims of nfair dismissal

3) Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

4) Cases identified as relating to Grievances.

Please name the Solicitors/Barristers/Chambers that the Council have
outsourced to: For example.

Name (Name of Solicitor/Barrister). Please provide the figures in
the following format e.g. 2013 – NUMBER HERE AND SOLICITOR OR
BARRISTERS NAME HERE;

I would request that you include VAT in the figures. Not a before
and after VAT, a figure which included total cost including VAT.

Please also send this information as "calendar years" not financial
years.

Please note that I do not seek or require any personal information
such as names and addresses – only the total figures and name of
the law firms whom the Council outsourced too.

I would ask that you remember the statutory duty imposed upon
public authorities by virtue of Section 16 of the Freedom of
Information Act to provide advice and assistance to requesters. If
for any reason you are leaning toward rejecting any part of this
request or if you plan to argue that it is unmanageable or
unanswerable in any way then I would expect you to contact me
promptly to find ways to answer this request to our mutual
Satisfaction.

Yours faithfully,

John Rudkin

Debbie Topping, Blackpool Borough Council

Date: 7 August 2013

       
Mr John Rudkin

Via email to:

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Dear Mr Rudkin

       
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the
information you requested on 26/7/13.

You asked for information about outsourced Barrister Chambers / Solicitors
costs at Employment Tribunals, specifically relating to ICT Services
between 10/7/2011 and 30/5/2013.

As requested, these are the total costs including VAT.

2012, £2100, Cobden House Chambers

2013, £4740, Cobden House Chambers

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Yours sincerely

Mrs D Topping MBA (Open)

ICT Manager (Information Governance)

Blackpool: A fair place where aspiration and ambition are encouraged.

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