EDDC external legal fees – over £800,000 over 4 years

“Costs of using external law firms and barristers

Date submitted: 7 July 2017

Summary of request

I would like to know the amount of money the council spent on the services of external law firms and barristers in the last years (year ending March 31 2017). If this is not possible within the restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act, one year of data will suffice.

Summary of response

2013/14 Legal fees including barristers £285,075.61
2014/15 Legal fees including barristers £353,060.78
2015/16 Legal fees including barristers £79,053.34
2016/17 Legal fees including barristers £107,390.74”

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/access-to-information/freedom-of-information/freedom-of-information-published-requests/

[Total: £824,580.47]