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Posted by: John Brace | 30th September 2014

Wirral Council paid Nigel Lawrence QC £27,185.90 to prosecute Meyer Group Limited for X-raying its employees

Wirral Council paid Nigel Lawrence QC £27,185.90 to prosecute Meyer Group Limited for X-raying its employees

                                                                     

This invoice is for a successful criminal prosecution by Wirral Council of Meyer Group Limited in the Liverpool Crown Court. Meyer Group Limited pled guilty.

This case started in 2012 and ended in 2013. Known court dates at Liverpool Crown Court for this case are below:

30th October 2012 (preliminary hearing)
24th January 2013 (plea and case management)
26th April 2013 (for sentence)
4th July 2013 (for sentence) before His Honour Judge Morrow QC

Representing Wirral Council was a barrister called Nigel Lawrence QC of 7 Harrington Street Chambers, Liverpool.

This invoice is for the small sum of £27,185.90. The breakdown is:

A: Travelling expenses

Car parking (on the 24th January 2013) *note this was for the plea and case management hearing at Liverpool Crown Court* £7.00
VAT on car parking (£7 * 20%) £1.40

Total £8.40

B: Legal work

Work from 24th June 2012 to 10th July 2013 (129 hours 25 minutes @ £175/hour = £22,647.916 rounded up to £22,647.92)
VAT on work done: (£22,647.92 * 20% = £4,529.584 rounded down to £4,529.58)

Total: £27,177.50

Grand Total: A (£8.40) + B (£27,177.50) = £27,185.90

There’s a court report in the Liverpool Echo about this case with the headline Workers at Mersey firm exposed to potentially unsafe levels of radiation.

When Wirral Council supplied me with the invoice for £27,185.90 as part of the 2013/14 audit, they deliberately blacked out the name of the defendant Meyer Group Limited. I supply the original invoice and partially unredacted one below.

Wirral Council V Meyer Group Limited redacted invoice £27,185.90 Nigel Lawrence QC Liverpool Crown Court

Wirral Council V Meyer Group Limited redacted invoice £27,185.90 Nigel Lawrence QC Liverpool Crown Court

Wirral Council V Meyer Group Limited partially unredacted invoice £27,185.90 Nigel Lawrence QC Liverpool Crown Court

Wirral Council V Meyer Group Limited partially unredacted invoice £27,185.90 Nigel Lawrence QC Liverpool Crown Court

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