Bank rescue work sends Govt legal spend surging 400% to £45m
Government legal spend under the legal services framework has quadrupled over the last three years, according to figures obtained by Legal Week through a freedom of information request. Figures released by Office of Government Commerce agency Buying Solutions show legal spend stood at £44.8m for the 2009-10 financial year, compared with £11.3m in pre-recession 2007-08. The figures show expenditure in the last financial year was only marginally lower than the previous two years combined, which stood at £47.9m including 2008-09 legal fees of £36.6m.
Advisers expect pressure to cut rates as Whitehall legal bill rockets
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