Here’s how much lawyers were paid to represent senior police officers at Hillsborough inquests

Former Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police Walter Jackson (left), with barrister Andrew Nuttall [Image: Liverpool Echo].
Former Assistant Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police Walter Jackson (left), with barrister Andrew Nuttall [Image: Liverpool Echo].

With so much being spent on the top officers of the time, and comparatively so little on rank-and-file police, one wonders – just wonders… who is more likely to take the rap?

Almost £25m has been spent on legal fees for serving and retired senior police officers at the Hillsborough inquests.

Figures show the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings spent a total of £24.7m on legal costs for the inquests up until March 2016.

That total included a barrister for the current chief constable of the force, as well as barristers for retired former officers who served at the time of the tragedy.

From October 2013 up until January this year, Lewis Hymanson Small solicitors – the firm representing match commanders Da

vid Duckenfield, Roger Marshall and Roger Greenwood as well as retired chief superintendents Terry Wain and Donald Denton – was paid more than £14m.

Of that, £10.4m was spent on counsel fees – paying the six barristers who represented the officers.

The three match commanders were represented by a team of four barristers, which included lead counsel John Beggs QC.

The police and crime commissioner’s figures showed that £5.8m was paid to law firm Burton Copeland,representing former deputy chief constable Peter Hayes and former assistant chief constables Walter Jackson and Stuart Anderson.

Of that, £4.3m was spent on counsel fees.

The PCC had a legal obligation to support both the chief constable and former officers who were granted ‘interested person’ status at the inquests into the 96 deaths.

Special Grant funding of £20.4 million was secured from the Home Office, leaving a net cost to the PCC of £4.3 million.

Rank and file officers have been represented by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW).

In a document available online, the federation says it has spent in the region of £5m on the inquests, with legal costs continuing to come in.

The federation is supporting 324 members – including current and former officers – in relation to Hillsborough, some of whom were witnesses at the inquests.

Source: How much were lawyers paid to represent senior police officers at Hillsborough inquests? – Liverpool Echo


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5 Thoughts to “Here’s how much lawyers were paid to represent senior police officers at Hillsborough inquests”

  1. Phil Lee

    Why should the senior officers not be represented by THEIR union, ACPO?
    This is the secretive and extremely powerful company in which senior police officers sit around and decide which legislation they are going to enforce and which to ignore.

  2. Brian

    While every one is entitled to defend themselves, what a lot of money. Despite this, I was a little disturbed to see during an interview, the spouse of the CC distressed at the anguish the trial had on them. This is understandable, but misplaced considering the findings. Had this been anyone else in the system, any sympathy would be dismissed out of hand. A simple apology and admittance of failings would have been in the public interest, saved a load of money and produced a little more respect. As it is now, many will feel the CC deserves everything that’s coming.

  3. Roy Beiley

    Interesting that the Home Office could find the funding for this when it continually cuts police funding per se. ACPO doesn’t want to use its own cash when it can be funded from public purse after secret handshakes were exchanged in some wizards cavern in deepest South Yorkshire. In my opinion.

  4. Tony opil

    Their time will come


  5. They all got away with murder, every single one of them, if karma does exist, then it should come now, can’t with Thatcher but if there is an afterlife, let us hope she is suffering right now!

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