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Information on the Legal cost and expenses for Welsh Government Challenges to UK Govt.

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First published:
23 March 2022
Last updated:


22 March 2022



ATISN 16118 – Legal Costs and Expenses


Thank you for your request which I received on 25 February 2022. You asked for a breakdown of the following costs over the last six years, in relation to the Welsh Government's legal challenges to UK Government decisions:

  1. Legal advice and representation both before challenges were submitted and during subsequent appeals - by legal challenge / year (e.g. Internal Market Act, Article 50 challenge);

From searches of the Welsh Government’s finance system and other records the following costs have been identified;

             Miller v Secretary of State – £80,781

             Miller v Prime Minister – £18,397

             Challenge to UK Internal Market Act - £92,440

  1. Associated administrative costs, including IT and civil service support (e.g. number of staff allocated to the support of the Counsel General, hours worked in each case);

I confirm that the Welsh Government does not hold disaggregated costs or other information on the distribution of administrative and other resources to these or other specific activities.

  1. Any associated costs affiliated with the Welsh Government's legal challenges, including travel, hotel and food expenses.

             Miller v Secretary of State – £3,583.00           

             Miller v Prime Minister – £3,991.60

If you are dissatisfied with the Welsh Government’s handling of your request, you can ask for an internal review within 40 working days of the date of this response. Requests for an internal review should be addressed to the Welsh Government’s Freedom of Information Officer at:

Information Rights Unit 
Welsh Government
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ

or e-mail:

Please remember to quote the ATISN reference number above.   

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

Information Commissioner’s Office 
Wycliffe House 
Water Lane 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

However, please note that the Commissioner will not normally investigate a complaint until it has been through our own internal review process.

Yours sincerely