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Leveson Inquiry costs stack up

14th March 2012

The most talked-about legal inquiry of recent years, an investigation into standards and practices within the media led by Lord Justice Leveson, has racked up over £600,000 in barrister’s fees since its launch six months ago.

The Leveson Inquiry, which has costs that have run to £2 million overall, has paid £536,100 to its core barristers and £89,500 to junior barristers. The bulk of the money has gone to one senior QC and two juniors.

It has also been revealed that, although Leveson himself is not directly rewarded for his role, the inquiry has had to spend £82,000 for fellow judges to temporarily take his place at the Court of Appeal.

Whilst the fees paid to those in London lawyer jobs who are involved with the proceedings are significant, the inquiry has been praised for the information it has revealed, the way it has been conducted and the level of transparency it has shown so far.