Head of Division
The General Counsel’s Office
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
Direct Line: 020 7944 6318
Our Ref: P0007763
20 June 2011
Dear Mr Silverman,
Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
I am writing regarding your email request for information under the above Act, which was received in the Department on 14 June 2011.
Your request seeks a breakdown of the legal costs incurred by the Department in defending a Magistrates’ Court application for a Litter Abatement Order under Section 91 of the Environmental Protection Act. The case concerned Junction 1 of the M40.
The monthly breakdown of Treasury Solicitors and Counsel’s fees in relation to this matter is as follows.
TSol fees – £1,134.60
Counsel fees – £0
TSol fees – £5,800.80
Counsel fees – £1,198.50
TSol fees not yet invoiced – £3,369.20
Counsel fees not yet invoiced – £522
Total – £12,034.10
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Sedlescombe Road North
East Sussex TN37 7GA
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