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Listing of fees paid to lawyers by the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs for the period October 2015-June 2021.

Some $636.2 million was spent in five years by the People’s Partnership administration on state legal fees while another $371. 8 million has been spent by the People’s National Movement administration in six years

And some big numbers were earned by some attorneys.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, in a statement to Parliament last Friday, divulged details of payments the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs had paid out to deal with legal matters over the last 11 years, spanning the PP and PNM’s terms

Al-Rawi presented a list of attorneys who worked for the ministry during the 2010-2015 People’s Partnership administration’s tenure and their legal fees, which totalled $636.2 million.

He presented a similar list of 125 attorneys who’ve worked for the AG’s office under the current PNM administration, with fees totalling $371.8m. He said there was a savings of $2.456 billion in expenditure by reorganising the three former PP ministries into two ministries in his tenure.

Among his statement on probes, he noted continuing investigations into CLICO, CIB, BATT and CLF in which the taxpayers contributed over $20 billion in bailout support.

For the period 2012-2021, the sum in excess of $181 million has been expended to Deloitte and Touche for legal and forensic services. To date, there’s an outstanding bill of almost $24 million payable to Deloitte and Touche. The investigation is in TTPS’ hands but the laying of charges is for the Office of the DPP.

Apart from individual attorneys, those working over the period spanning both administrations included former PNM minister Christine Sahadeo and attorneys Israel Khan, Avory Sinanan, Pamela Elder, Ravi Rajcoomar, Sophia Chote, Christlyn Moore, D Allison Prowell, Martin George, Sean Cazabon and Varun Debideeen. Several firms also worked for both administrations.