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Dear Brent Borough Council,

Please supply the following information:

1. Total payments made to Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors in each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

2. In each year, please provide a breakdown of what the funds were paid in relation to. For instance, 'in 20XX, £X was paid across that period for conceyancing, while £Y was paid for managing education payroll services', etc.

3. In the case of funds paid in the process of being distributed to third parties, for example payroll services, please provide figures both for the amount paid to Winckworth Sherwood and the amount eventually received by the third party. For instance, if salaries were being paid to staff via Winckworth Sherwood, 'in 20XX £X was paid for education payroll services, £Y being the total amount received by the employees concerned', or if the fees paid were in relation to the purchase of a property, 'in 20XX £X was paid for the purchase of Y property, including the price agreed for the property of £A and stamp duty of £B'.

Yours faithfully,
A Linnie

Brent Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 9046697

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your information request. We will forward it to the
relevant department who will contact you shortly.
 
Brent Council
Brent Civic Centre
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[email address]
 
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Younus Mukadam,

Information request
Our reference: 9046697

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 5 February
2018, as follows:
Please supply the following information:

1. Total payments made to Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors in each of the
years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

2. In each year, please provide a breakdown of what the funds were paid in
relation to. For instance, 'in 20XX, £X was paid across that period for
conceyancing, while £Y was paid for managing education payroll services',
etc.

3. In the case of funds paid in the process of being distributed to third
parties, for example payroll services, please provide figures both for the
amount paid to Winckworth Sherwood and the amount eventually received by
the third party. For instance, if salaries were being paid to staff via
Winckworth Sherwood, 'in 20XX £X was paid for education payroll services,
£Y being the total amount received by the employees concerned', or if the
fees paid were in relation to the purchase of a property, 'in 20XX £X was
paid for the purchase of Y property, including the price agreed for the
property of £A and stamp duty of £B'.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 5 March 2018.
 
In some case, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we will
send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Younus Mukadam
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

Barry Howlett,

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Information request
Our reference: 9046697

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Please see the attached response to your Freedom of Information request.
Yours faithfully
 
 
Barry Howlett
Principal FOI officer
[email address]

Dear Barry Howlett,

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to address the the vast majority of the request. Please see below the original requested information:

"1. Total payments made to Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors in each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017."

This question has not been answered.

"2. In each year, please provide a breakdown of what the funds were paid in relation to. For instance, 'in 20XX, £X was paid across that period for conceyancing, while £Y was paid for managing education payroll services', etc."

The response only covers one small section of this question, and conveyancing is only a small example of the sorts of breakdowns that might be given for funds.

"3. In the case of funds paid in the process of being distributed to third parties, for example payroll services, please provide figures both for the amount paid to Winckworth Sherwood and the amount eventually received by the third party. For instance, if salaries were being paid to staff via Winckworth Sherwood, 'in 20XX £X was paid for education payroll services, £Y being the total amount received by the employees concerned', or if the fees paid were in relation to the purchase of a property, 'in 20XX £X was paid for the purchase of Y property, including the price agreed for the property of £A and stamp duty of £B'."

While the response kindly details figures for conveyancing being paid for other entities, it accounts for only a very small proportion of the funds shown as being transferred to Winckworth Sherwood over the last few years. In the quarterly accounts for Dec 2016-Nov 2017 alone there is in the region of £40m shown as being sent to Winckworth Sherwood. While is couldn't expect a detailed breakdown of each individual transaction, a summary of what those amounts were for would be much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

A Linnie

Dear Brent Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Brent Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors'.

Unfortunately, the information provided in the response fails to cover question 1 of the original request at all, partially covers one small section of question 2, and doesn't address question 3. While it may not be possible to provide information on every transaction, an overview of how much annually was paid out for different purposes and the costs involved is a reasonable response. Considering the council's publicised accounts for Dec 2016-Nov 2017 show in the region of £40m being paid through the firm in question, the paltry sims referred to in the initial FOI response seem to be vastly insufficient.

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

Yours faithfully,

A Linnie

Freedom of Information, Brent Borough Council

Good evening

Thank you for your email of today's date.

I am sorry that you were not happy with the response that you received to your Freedom of Information request. I have raised enquiries and aim to report back to you within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Barry Howlett
Principal FOI & Complaints Officer
Chief Executive’s Department
Brent Council

020 8937 2214

www.brent.gov.uk
@Brent_Council

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Having requested a review on March 9th into the information provided in response to my initial request, this request is now long overdue. In the interest of transparency I hope you can provide full and proper explanation of the monies in question as a matter of urgency.

Yours sincerely,

A Linnie

Freedom of Information, Brent Borough Council

Dear Sir or Madam

Thank you for your email of 27 April 2019.

I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have raised further enquiries today and will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Barry Howlett
Principal FOI & Complaints Officer
Chief Executive’s Department
Brent Council

020 8937 2214

www.brent.gov.uk
@Brent_Council

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Barry Howlett,

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Dear Mr Linnie
 
With apologies for the delay in getting this to you, please see attached
the response to your request for an Internal Review.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
 
Barry Howlett

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Dear Barry Howlett,

Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to address the
the vast majority of the request. Please see below the original requested
information:

"1. Total payments made to Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors in each of the
years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017."

This question has not been answered.

"2. In each year, please provide a breakdown of what the funds were paid
in relation to. For instance, 'in 20XX, £X was paid across that period for
conceyancing, while £Y was paid for managing education payroll services',
etc."

The response only covers one small section of this question, and
conveyancing is only a small example of the sorts of breakdowns that might
be given for funds.

"3. In the case of funds paid in the process of being distributed to third
parties, for example payroll services, please provide figures both for the
amount paid to Winckworth Sherwood and the amount eventually received by
the third party. For instance, if salaries were being paid to staff via
Winckworth Sherwood, 'in 20XX £X was paid for education payroll services,
£Y being the total amount received by the employees concerned', or if the
fees paid were in relation to the purchase of a property, 'in 20XX £X was
paid for the purchase of Y property, including the price agreed for the
property of £A and stamp duty of £B'."

While the response kindly details figures for conveyancing being paid for
other entities, it accounts for only a very small proportion of the funds
shown as being transferred to Winckworth Sherwood over the last few years.
In the quarterly accounts for Dec 2016-Nov 2017 alone there is in the
region of £40m shown as being sent to Winckworth Sherwood. While is
couldn't expect a detailed breakdown of each individual transaction, a
summary of what those amounts were for would be much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

A Linnie

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