As previously advised, as a large commercial organisation, (employing approximately 28,000 people), TfL inevitably has a significant volume of complex legal issues in relation to general commercial and corporate matters, property, disputes and employment law. Total annual amounts are given in respect of firms who provide such legal support. TfL has a panel of external law firms to provide the majority of external legal support that is required. These firms were appointed after a competitive process and TfL continuously seeks to ensure that it achieves value for money from its external lawyers including driving greater efficiencies through securing reduced fees.
When considering the information please also note the following:
• In some cases legal costs incurred have been met by third parties, for instance in relation to the commercial development of TfL property, or recovered following successful legal proceedings. • Fees paid to law firms may include disbursements (i.e. the cost of experts, counsel etc.) these amounts have not been separated out from the general legal support figures provided. • Figures cover the four financial periods from 1 April to 31 March. • Expenditure figures are net of VAT.
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Gemma Jacob Senior FOI Case Officer FOI Case Management Team General Counsel Transport for London