UKGI’s Advice to BEIS With Regards to Post Office Limited’s High Court Litigation

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Dear UK Government Investments Limited,

In a Memorandum of Understanding between UKGI and BEIS (12th December 2019), point 5.3 articulates ‘UKGI does not provide legal advice or manage any legal claims relating to the Asset on behalf of BEIS’.

i) Can you confirm whether any such agreement existed between UKGI and BEIS prior to the date of this MOU which could have precluded UKGI from engaging in activities relating to POL’s Group Litigation?

ii) Point 6.2 of the same document states: ‘UKGI may, where appropriate, advise BEIS Permanent Secretary, BEIS Ministers and the BEIS Secretary of State directly in relation to the Activities [of the Asset] ....Where UKGI provides advice to BEIS which BEIS does not wish to follow, this will be recorded in the relevant submissions or internal notes/briefings as appropriate’.

Please can you disclose any relevant submissions or internal notes/briefings which record advice given by UKGI to any representative of BEIS regarding POL’s Group Litigation which the Department for BEIS did not wish to follow?

The 12th December Memorandum of Understanding between UKGI and BEIS can be found at:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/6...

Yours sincerely,
Eleanor Shaikh

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