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Inquiries

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which legal firms have worked on the Robert Hamill Inquiry; for what periods; who each firm represented; how much his Department has spent on legal fees related to the Inquiry; how much has been spent on the Inquiry in each month since it was established; and when the Inquiry is expected to report. (243393)

I am advised by the Robert Hamill Inquiry that the following legal firms have worked on it.

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Representation

P. J. McGrory

July 2004 to date

Hamill family (Interested Party)

Eliott Duffy Garrett

June 2008

Legal services to the inquiry in relation to litigation conducted in Northern Ireland only

In accordance with the Robert Hamill Inquiry’s published funding protocol, witnesses to the inquiry are also entitled to reasonable legal advice at the inquiry’s expense and a number of firms have represented witnesses.

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Arthur J. Downey

February 2006 to date

Edwards and Co.

June 2006 to date

Emmet J. Kelly Solicitors

March 2006 to date

Gerard Maguire Solicitors

May 2006 to date

Gus Campbell Solicitors

February 2006 to date

John P. Hagan Solicitors

January 2008 to date

Richard Monteith

January 2006 to date

O’Connor and Moriarty Solicitors

November 2006 to date

Russell Jones Walker Solicitors

January 2007 to date

Hewitt and Gilpin

March 2006

Madden and Finucane

March to May 2006

G. R. Ingram

April 2006 to June 2008

Holmes and Moffitt

May 2006 to November 2008

Rafferty and Co.

June to November 2006

Kevin R. Winters

June to October 2006

Bogue and McNulty

March to July 2006

MSC Daly (formerly Brangham Bagnall and Co.)

November 2006

John J. Rice and Co.

January to August 2008

Regarding the naming of the participants in the inquiry who these firms represent, the inquiry has not yet concluded the anonymity process. The inquiry is still receiving fresh and renewed applications on article 2 and medical grounds. It has an ongoing duty of care to all witnesses and cannot therefore give the names out at present. Once a witness has given their evidence or had their statement read out at the oral hearings, their name will be in the public domain. This is not the current position.

This schedule excludes witnesses who, subject to the inquiry’s prior approval, will be granted two hours of legal advice and assistance prior to them giving oral evidence but no legal representation at the oral hearings. These costs have not yet been incurred.

The total cost incurred by the Robert Hamill Inquiry for legal fees is £7.57 million.

The monthly spend of the inquiry is as follows:

Total resource

£000

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

462

290

137

109

May

565

327

245

103

June

622

187

466

343

July

657

244

147

96

August

493

450

805

565

September

338

203

-48

188

October

524

238

1,791

353

1

November

810

340

684

246

38

December

345

510

178

30

January

329

1,094

206

83

February

362

-132

274

75

March

1,131

489

747

182

Total

4,471

4,446

6,187

3,408

410

Total capital

£000

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

0

0

0

1

May

7

0

0

10

June

3

0

5

9

July

31

0

0

-4

August

3

0

0

59

September

1

12

0

0

October

0

0

0

0

0

November

1

0

0

0

0

December

31

1

0

0

January

1

0

3

0

February

0

0

0

31

March

0

0

0

2

Total

47

44

6

77

33

The inquiry is expected to report by 31 August 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which legal firms have worked on the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry; for what periods; who each firm represented; how much his Department has spent on legal fees for the inquiry; how much has been spent on the inquiry in each month since it was established; and when the inquiry is expected to report. (243398)

I am advised by the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry that the following legal firms have worked on it:

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Representation

Eversheds LLP

May 2005 to date

Witness statement takers to the Inquiry

Cleaver Fulton Rankin, Solicitors

March 2006 to date

Legal advice and services

Treasury Solicitors

March 2005 to date

Legal advice and services

P J McGrory and Co, Solicitors and Advocates

September 2005 to date

Paul Nelson (Full Participant)

O'Hare Solicitors

December 2005 to date

Mrs Sheila Magee and family (Full Participant)

In accordance with the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry's published funding protocol, witnesses to the inquiry are also entitled to legal advice at the inquiry's expense and the following of firms have represented witnesses:

Legal firm

Period of engagement

Anderson Kill and Ohck PC

Mar 2007 to July 2007

Bindman and Partners

June 2006 to date

MSC Daly Solicitors

August 2008 to date

Conor Downey and Co, Solicitors

August 2008 to date

P Drinan, Solicitor

March 2008 to date

Edwards and Co, Solicitors

October 2006 to date

Greg O'Neill, Solicitors

December 2007

G R Ingram and Co, Solicitors

August 2006 to date

McBurney and Company, Solicitors

October 2006 to date

McCartan Turkington Breen, Solicitors

November 2007 to date

MacDermott and McGurk, Solicitors

June 2007 to October 2007

McElhone and Co Solicitors

April 2007 to date

Madden and Finucane, Solicitors

January 2008

Millar McCall Wylie, Solicitors

May 2008 to date

Kevin R Winters and Co, Solicitors

June 2006 to date

Some of these firms have represented only anonymous witnesses, some have represented only witnesses seen in public, and some have represented both. For security (to preserve anonymity) and public interest reasons (not all the witnesses of either type have yet been called to give evidence) it is not felt appropriate to release even the names of the 'public' witnesses before the end of the hearings.

The total cost incurred by the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry for legal fees is £12.57 million.

The monthly spend of the inquiry is as follows:

Total Resource (£000)

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

348

751

-114

48

May

2,349

596

346

152

June

1,127

622

1,325

443

July

1,271

1,480

470

4

August

863

686

1,337

314

September

1,042

412

669

166

October

1,709

1,085

-180

318

November

1,334

1,238

673

447

38

December

53

399

69

30

January

1,158

1,731

484

46

February

789

2,357

234

121

March

1,308

414

743

283

Total

10,043

10,178

9,427

3,424

518

Total capital (£000)

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

April

-2

4

-2

-

May

9

6

1

0

June

0

12

0

80

July

0

-5

0

-80

August

0

10

199

76

September

5

-1

5

0

October

13

19

0

21

0

November

-13

7

204

1

0

December

12

440

0

0

January

-19

0

0

0

February

16

145

1

31

March

33

-83

2

3

Total

12

94

909

102

34

The inquiry is expected to report by March 2010.