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Legal Aid: R V Kevin Maxwell & Others

Volume 576: debated on Sunday 18 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Further to the Answer given by the Lord Chancellor on 30th January 1995 (H.L. Deb., col

WA 101) whether it is now possible for them to give the full details concerning legal aid paid to barristers and solicitors in R v Maxwell Brothers, including how much was paid to each barrister and each solicitor.

Most of the final claims in this case are still being determined. It would therefore not be appropriate for me to provide a breakdown of the amounts paid to individual barristers and solicitor firms representing K. and I. Maxwell, L. Trachtenberg, R. Bunn, A. Fuller and M. Stoney, although I would be prepared to do so once the final bills have been paid. I can confirm, however, that £10.17 million has been paid to date from the legal aid fund to lawyers who acted in this case. That sum includes £7.25 million paid on account in respect of the Crown Court proceedings and £0.83 million paid in respect of the magistrates' courts proceedings.