BEIS’s legal costs incurred as a result of Post Office’s Horizon Litigation

Eleanor Shaikh made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

In her letter of response to the BEIS Select Committee’s Inquiry into Post Office and Horizon, ex-POL CEO, Paula Vennells stated that, regarding Board-level discussions of Horizon:

‘The UKGI directors were fully engaged in the discussions...The present UKGI incumbent director...was fully engaged on the Board, sub- committee and with ministers and lawyers at BEIS’ (24th June 2020, p17, para 60).

https://committees.parliament.uk/publica...

Moreover, during a House of Lords debate on 18th June 2020, BEIS’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Callanan, revealed ‘Of course the Horizon court case occupied a lot of time and effort in both government and the post office’.

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2020...

i) Please can you disclose the total legal costs to the Department for BEIS which were incurred during, and as a result of, POL’s Horizon Litigation? Please can you also breakdown into expenditure per tax year?

ii) Please differentiate between costs incurred by BEIS’s legal department and those incurred as a result of engaging external specialist legal advice.

Yours faithfully,

Eleanor Shaikh

FOI Requests, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS ref: FOI2020/28016

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