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CROWN OFFICE LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES – (R016116)

Thank you for your e-mail of 17 May 2017 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

"I would like to make a Freedom of Information request for information contained in fees and other expenses paid by the Crown Office to:

law firms (and which law firms)

Advocates & QCs, and Faculty Services,

the Scottish Courts Service or Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

from January 2014 to the date of this FOI request"

I must firstly apologise for the delay in responding. I can now advise in relation to the individual aspects of your requests of the following:

fees and other expenses paid by the Crown Office to law firms (and which law firms)

Crown Office do not pay fees and other expenses to law firms in connection with our core business but for HR, estates and other related matters the costs and names of law firms used are as follows:

Law Firm

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

ANDERSON STRATHERN LLP

971.20

23,898.50

19,733.46

MARSHALL WILSON LAW

300.00

   
MORTON FRASER SOLICITORS

    3,029.20

THOMPSONS SOLICITORS

    350.00

BRODIES LLP

  1,275.00

475.00

LEVY & MCRAE

9,490.12

   
Total

10,761.32

25,173.50

23,587.66

fees and other expenses paid by the Crown Office to Advocates & QCs, and Faculty Services,

The total employment costs of Advocate Deputes, which includes those who hold the title Queens Counsel and those appointed from within COPFS, over the period of your request is as follows:

  2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

AD 'Employment' Costs

3,875,296.53

4,073,687.76

3,945,494.58

Faculty Services Costs

564,362.10

550,380.69

473,496.41

For information, the Faculty Services costs relate to those Advocates engaged by COPFS on a limited case basis.

fees and other expenses paid by the Crown Office to the Scottish Courts Service or Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

Fees paid to Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service amount to estates services and rental for occupancy of buildings and details of the payments made in relation to our core business are already accessible for the period 2014/15 and 2015/16 in the COPFS Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 at page 48, a link to this document is attached for ease of reference http://www.copfs.gov.uk/images/Documents/Finance/COPFS%20Annual%20report%20%20Accounts%20for%20the%20year-ending%2031%20March%202016.pdf

I hope you find this information helpful.