£656,370 – legal cost of failed tax relief move
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It has now been revealed that Jersey’s legal costs stand at £656,370 – well above the original estimate of £360,000. And the bill will increase further when the UK government submits a claim for its costs, which are to be paid by the two islands. Jersey’s costs are also significantly higher than Guernsey, which has spent just £75,000.
Economic Development Minister Alan Maclean said that costs increased after the States’ legal team decided to compile extra witness statements ahead of the case.
Senator Maclean said: ‘The initial estimate was an assessment by the Law Officers department. However, since then, there was significant additional work which had to be undertaken in preparing for the case, and this led to an increase in costs.’