Thank you for your e-mail of 20 April 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:
1) “I would like to make a Freedom of Information request for the identity (name) of any solicitor and law firm which the Crown Office has paid funds to for providing legal services to and representing Elish Angiolini while she served as Lord Advocate and since her leaving office”
2) “I would also like to ask under FOI if the Crown Office will confirm Elish Angiolini was represented by Peter Black Watson during her time as Lord Advocate and since her leaving office”
3) “[Have] any funds been paid by the Crown Office to Peter Watson’s own law firm or a company connected to him since his departure from Levy and McRae”
I have considered your requests below.
1) COPFS have only paid fees to Levy McRae in relation to legal services provided to Dame Elish Angiolini.
2) I consider that the information that you have requested is exempt in terms of section 25 of FOISA as it can reasonably obtain other than by requesting it under FOISA.
3) Since Mr Watson’s departure from Levy McRae, COPFS have not paid any fees to him direct or to PBW Law Solicitors.
COPFS do not hold any information in relation to what other companies Mr Watson is connected to, if any. I am therefore unable to consider this part of your request.