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Public Interest Lawyers

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid in legal aid fees to (a) the solicitor Phil Shiner and (b) Public Interest Lawyers since 2001. (289810)

The Legal Services Commission’s records of legal aid fees paid to Public Interest Lawyers since 2001, for the financial years requested (running from 1 April to 31 March) rounded to the nearest pound, are shown in the table. It should be noted that the fees paid could be for work done in previous years or for work covering more than one year.

The figures relate to civil legal aid work (the firm does not hold a crime contract). They have been calculated on the basis of net payments authorised.1 All the figures listed are inclusive of VAT.

Financial year

Total payment (£)

2000-01

9,583

2001-02

32,561

2002-03

59,669

2003-04

139,621

2004-05

158,283

2005-06

251,844

2006-07

299,668

2007-08

490,972

2008-09

628,528

Total

2,070,728

1 Net payments authorised is the value of main bills submitted during the year, less any previous payments on account, plus new payments on account made during the year on outstanding cases.

The LSC makes payments to firms rather than individuals so it is not possible to identify payments to Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers separately.