Attorney General: Legal Costs

Attorney General written question – answered on 18th July 2022.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Attorney General, how much their Department and its associated agencies spent on legal disputes in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Solicitor-General

The Attorney General exercises a number of public interest functions in relation to legal disputes, including appointing advocates to the court in family proceedings and intervening in proceedings to protect charities. The amounts spent by the Attorney General’s Office on external legal advice, include litigation and legal costs incurred in respect of the public interest activities of the Attorney General, for the calendar years of 2020 and 2021 and for the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2022 is as follows:

2020 (£k)

2021 (£k)

6 months to 30 June 2022 (£k)

Attorney General’s Office (approximately*)




These figures relate to costs of the Attorney General’s Office only because while the Office superintends a number of bodies, they are not agencies of the AGO.

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