Amount spent on external laws firms and barristers

FOI request reference: F0047193
Publication date: November 2016

Title: Amount spent on external laws firms and barristers

FOI request reference: F0047193

Response sent: November 2016

Outcome: Successful

Request:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to know the amount of money your department spent on the services of external law firms and barristers for the year ending March 31st 2016.

Please exclude legal services provided by the Government Legal Department. However, please include legal services that the Government Legal Department has outsourced to a third party.

You can approximate spending levels, i.e. if you are not able to provide the exact figures, you can give us your best estimate.

Please respond to this request via email.

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any clarifications or have any questions about this request.

Further to this request please note that the figure we have requested should exclude spending by your department on the GLD (Government Legal Department) and its predecessor the TSoL (Treasury Solicitor’s Department).

Kind regards

Response:

Thank you for your enquiry of 12 October 2016, in which you asked about the amount of money spent by The National Archives on the services of external law firms and barristers for the year ending March 31st 2016.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000. The FOI Act gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions which may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request and we are pleased to be able to provide this information to you.

The National Archives spent £6,006.00 on the services of external law firms and barristers for the year ending 31st March 2016.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or the decision which has been reached, you have the right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of this response and should be addressed to:

Quality Manager
Public Services Development Unit
The National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU

complaints@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Please mark your complaint clearly.  You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to investigate any aspect of your complaint.  However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning his investigation.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Assessor
Freedom of Information Centre
Transfer and Access Department