Legal Costs

Attorney General written question – answered on 20th December 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Attorney General, what the costs were of all external counsel in the case of R v Brewer and others.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) can only provide costs in respect of prosecution counsel.

The Case of R v Brewer and others concerns 15 defendants who were convicted after trial of an offence contrary to section 1(2)(b) Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 at Chelmsford Crown Court on 10 December 2018.

The case is ongoing and fees are only paid to counsel at the conclusion of the case. However, it is anticipated that the cost of counsel fees in this case, before the sentencing hearing, to be around £134,000. The case is a graduated fees case and therefore paid in accordance with that scheme. The figure is an estimate only and final fees will be subject to scrutiny in accordance with standard practices of the CPS.

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