Official Information Request - 11 October 2017

Sent: Friday, 10 November 2017 3:04 p.m.
Subject: LGOIMA request

I refer to your letter of 11 October requesting various figures for Rotorua Lakes Council's legal spend, number of rateable properties and staff numbers. 

The information is provided below as per your letter:

EXTERNAL LEGAL SPEND

1. Total external legal spend. What was your total spend on external legal services fees in the years ended 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017 respectively?

2016 – $713,858
2017 – $671,786

2. Amount incurred with each legal services provider (above $10k).

 2016 201 7
BROOKERS LIMITED T/A THOMSON REUTERS               39,784 
GRIMSHAW & CO               18,595               40 ,500
HEANEY AND CO               26,800             110,373
PHILLIP CORNEGE - BARRISTER                23,192
SIMPSON GRIERSON - AUCKLAND               33,467​​ 
SIMPSON GRIERSON - WELLINGTON               69,664​​ 
TOMPKINS WAKE507,690548,34 1

INTERNAL LEGAL RESOURCES

3. For each of the years ended 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017:

(a)    Legal staff numbers

  1. Headcount: how many lawyers were employed or engaged in a legal role by your organisation during each year:

    2016 – 1
    2017 – 2
     
  2. FTE lawyers: if different, how many full-time equivalent (FTE) such lawyers?

    N/A

(b)   Non-legal staff in legal team/law department

  1. Headcount: how many non-legal staff were employed or engaged during each year in the legal team or otherwise directly associated with or supporting the legal staff in 3(a) above:

    2016 – 0
    2017 – 1
     
  2. FTE non-legal staff: if different, how many FTE such staff?

    2016 – 0
    2017 – 1

4. Total internal legal spend. In each year ended 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017 what was your:

  1. direct total spend on internal legal services, including all salaries:

    2016 - $7,000
    2017 - $174,761.91

  2. the additional indirect costs of internal legal services

    2016 – estimate $2,000
    2017 – estimate $12,500

5. Chief Legal Officer reporting. At what organisational level does your most senior lawyer report?

Level 3 – reports to Chief Financial Officer

ORGANISATIONAL FIGURES

6. Rateable properties. How many rateable properties were within your jurisdiction as at 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017 respectively?

2016 – 29,069
2017 – 29,087

7. Total staff numbers. In total, how many of the following were employed or otherwise utilised by your organisation as at 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2017 respectively?

  1. Total employees/staff in whatever capacity

    2016 – 464
    2017 – 391
     
  2. if different, the full-time equivalent (ie FTE) number of all such employees/staff

    2016 – 406.03
    2017 – 360.15

We are obliged to advise that you may contact the Ombudsman at the address below if you have any concerns with the response provided by Council, by writing to:

The Office of the Ombudsman
PO Box 10 152
WELLINGTON 6143

Alternatively, you may email info@ombudsman.parliament.nz or use the online complaints form available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/make-a-complaint.

Regards

Jean-Paul Gaston     Group Manager, Strategy
P: 07 351 8302  | M0276554415
EJean-Paul.Gaston@rotorualc.nz  | Wrotorualakescouncil.nz
A: 1061 Haupapa St, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua Mail Centre, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand

 

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