This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'legal advice/expenditure for F.O.I. Requests made to the BBC'.




 
 
John Booth 
[FOI #45610 email] 
 
 
20th September 2010 
 
 
Dear Mr Booth, 
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – RFI20101134 
 
Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act (‘the Act’) of 21st August, 
seeking: 
 
“a detailed list of all expenditure and/or invoices paid for all legal work including advice and any other 
related costs on individual F.O.I. requests. 
      
Please also include the reference/title of each F.O.I. Requests they relate to from 2001 to 2010” 

 
 
Please find below the information you requested. It should be noted that the Freedom of 
Information Act only came into force at the beginning of 2005 and the enclosed information 
covers all external expenditure incurred since that date. In terms of internal legal advice, we do 
not hold the information you have requested as our in-house lawyers do not record their time in 
a manner that would allow us to identify how much time was spent on individual requests for 
information. We are therefore unable to calculate any internal costs.  Also, you will see that 
advice is sometimes given for combined appeals rather than on an individual basis. We have 
provided the relevant appeal or ICO reference numbers as this is how the expenditure is 
recorded, rather than by the reference of the original request. 
 
 
 
Appeal No./ICO Ref. No. 
Barristers Fees  Other 
Total 
(Where Applicable) 
1. 
EA/2008/0019/0034/0051/ 0058 
£51,505.00 
£1,070.05 
£52,575.05 
 
2. EA/2007/0039/49/50 
£2,000.00 - 
£2,000.00 
 

 
 
3. 
EA/2008/0043 £1,000.00 

£1,000.00 
 
4. 
General advice in relation to appeals 
£12,700.00 - 
£12,700.00 
 
from the Information Commissioner 
 
5. 
RFI20080091 £3,600.00 

£3,600.00 
 
6. FS50070467 
£900.00 £5,869.00 £6,769.00 
FS50137791 
(external 
solicitors) 
7. 
FoI Requests re Litigation 
£1,100.00 

£1,100.00 
 
8. 
EA/2010/0042 £1,850.00 

£1,850.00 
 
9. 
EA/2008/0034 £2,100.00 

£2,100.00 
 
10. 
FS50102474 £3,425.00 

£3,425.00 
 
11. 
EA/2009/0015 £2,175.00 

£2,175.00 
 
12. 
CO/7618/2006 £264,711.50 
£6,155.62 £270,867.12 
 
13. 
EA/2008/0051 £1,750.00 
 
- £1,750.00 
 
14. 
EA/2008/0019 £5,675.00 

£5,675.00 
 
 
15. EA/2006/0011 
£19,545.00 £214.88 
£19,759.88 
EA/2006/0013 
FS50070769 
 
16. 
Advice in relation to the publication 
£5,550  
£5,550 
of the register of interests for senior 
staff 
 
 
TOTALS £379,586.50 
£13,309.55 £392,896.05 
 
 
   
 
Appeal Rights 
If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you 
have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at 
the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference 
 

 
number. If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information 
Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, 
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see 
http://www.ico.gov.uk/  
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
 
Rachael Ward 
Adviser 
Information Policy & Compliance