Legal advice and counsel exceeding £50,000, 2017-23: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

  1. In the last five financial years (inclusive of 2022/23), please provide the details of which matters counsel or legal advice was sought for any cumulative cost of legal fees of more than £50,000.
  2. This should include live and closed matters, with "matters" taken to be a general description of the action, not the legal specifics, in a way which would eliminate any prejudice in disclosing the sums spent on the action.


We attach a copy of the information you requested which has been redacted where it contained personal information - section(s) s.38(1) of FOISA).

Annex A – Exemptions applied

An exemption(s) under section(s) s.38(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested. The Scottish Government standard approach would be to redact officials’ names of external contacts. These should only be made available if the individual has a public profile where they can be found on the websites, such as a director of a company whose names can be found on the company’s website.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

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