"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Money well spent: Part II - Home Office paid Treasury Solicitors £93 MILLION since 2010

I'd like to make a request under the FOI Act for information on the total amount of money received by Treasury Solicitors from the Home Office in the years below, in terms of legal fees: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
and if available, to date for the year 2013-14 (or an estimate).

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/legal_fees_10#comment-49460 &

'I am responding to your request of 16 March 2014, which asked for the total amount of money in terms of legal fees that Treasury Solicitors received from the Home Office, for the financial years 2010-11 until 2013-14.

'The total amount of fees received from the Home Office for the time periods covered are listed below:

Fees (Excluding VAT)

2010-11 £17,598,617

2011-12 £17,728,218

2012-13 £19,539,871

2013-14 £22,374,704

£17,598,617 + £17,728,218, £19,539,871 + £22,374,704 = £77,241,410
Plus VAT = £92,689,692

Money well spent?

Note that the Home Office cited cost reasons not to provide a full answer, but the Treasury Solicitors had no problems doing this. #joinedupgovernment


  1. £93 million, with that money they could have improved health services, education but NO..they do not want to do that, I wonder why they are not asked any questions about spending tax payers money. We work our socks off and they spend it, and when we want to bring our spouse/parters who are outside of EU then they think that we are the one who will be claiming benefit. They are having a laugh.

  2. Dear Steven

    It's impressive you have managed to get some numbers out of the Government!

    However, with a view to our goal of scrapping this unjust immigration policy I think we need to me more specific. After all the numbers you have could relate to cases where the Home Office are justified in their expenditure of legal costs.

    I have opened a new FOI request asking specifically about the case (MM & Others v Home Office) and their subsequent appeal. I think when the Home Office is eventually finished loosing their legal case in the Court of Appeal (and in all likelihood the Supreme Court) the cost is likely to be significant. It will also be more powerful since it will be purely wasted public money.

    Anyhow here is the request:

    I will send another message when I get a reply!


    1. Thanks Greg - I'm following your request now and await a response with interest.

      Feel free to mail me at steve@britcits.com when you do get a response. I will see it if you comment though. :)