FOI14592 – Request for information
Thank you for your email of 5 October 2015, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.’
The request is as follows:
I would like to know the amount of money your department spent on the services of external law firms and barristers over each of the last five years (years ending March 31). If this is not possible within the restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act, three years of data will suffice. If this is not possible, two years of data is acceptable.
Please exclude legal services provided by the Government Legal Department. However, please include legal services that the Government Legal Department has outsourced to a third party.
I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information and the answers are as follows:-
Here is the data that shows Ordnance Survey's expenses on external legal fees for the last five financial years. These expenses exclude legal services provided by the Government Legal Department but include legal services that the Government Legal Department has outsourced to a third party.
- 2014-15: £152,928
- 2013-14: £194,982
- 2012-13: £101,962
- 2011-12: £79,543
- 2010-11: £844,392
I hope the above is of use to you.
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