Legal Costs

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 3rd June 2013.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how much the Church Commissioners spent on external legal advice (a) between 7 May 2010 and 4 September 2012 and (b) since 4 September 2012.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church Commissioners spent a total of £9,193,363 on external legal advice between 7 May 2010 and 4 September 2012, and have spent a further £2,848,769 since 4 September 2012. Those figures should be seen in the context of a fund valued at £5.5 billion which includes real estate valued at over £1.8 billion. They include costs incurred in connection with conveyancing and other property-related matters, litigation (including property litigation to protect significant assets) and specialist advice on historic assets and chancel repair liabilities, together with costs incurred in the exercise of the Commissioners’ power to pay legal costs incurred by diocesan bishops.

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