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Ms Harman: The law currently forbids any research into jury deliberations. In January 2005 my Department published a Consultation PaperJury Research and Impropriety" and the relevant consultation period finished on 15 April. The responses have been analysed and an announcement of the Government's intentions for any change will be made shortly.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether (a) the trial judge and (b) the Court of Appeal is permitted to inquire into alleged impropriety by a jury. 
Ms Harman: A trial judge is permitted to investigate alleged impropriety by jurors before the jury gives its verdict. If the alleged impropriety comes to light after a verdict has been given then the Court of Appeal is permitted to investigate.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which 12 barristers received the most money from the (a) criminal legal aid budget and (b) civil legal aid budget in each of the last three years; how much each received in each year; and if she will make a statement. 
The information requested has to be extracted from different computer system across Legal Service Commission and my Department and collecting
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and collating that data will take some time. I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as the information is available.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which was the most expensive case for the (a) criminal and (b) civil legal aid budget in 200405; how much was paid by way of (i) brief fee and (ii) refreshers to each of the barristers concerned; how much was paid to each solicitors firm involved; who the (A) barristers and (B) solicitors were; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: Payments relating to one specific case may be spread over a number of financial years and identifying those will take some time. I will write to my hon. Friend as soon as the information is available.
You tabled a question asking which 12 barristers received the most money from the (a) criminal legal aid budget and (b) civil legal aid budget in each of the last three years; how much each received in each year; and if I would make a statement.
I said I would write when the information had been collated and the individuals had been notified. A number of issues were raised by the Bar Council and some of the individuals were concerned about the explanatory notes used in the past. These have now been addressed and I am now in a position to respond. I enclose a set of tables showing the twelve highest earning barristers for criminal and civil work in each of the last three years together with explanatory notes.
|James Sturman Q.C.||1,180,000|
|Simon Bourne-Arton Q.C.||902,000|
|Gilbert Gray Q.C.||755,000|
|Peter Griffiths Q.C.||690,000|
|Trevor Burke Q.C.||683,000|
|George Carter-Stephenson Q.C.||653,000|
|David Spens Q.C.||639,000|
|Vincent Coughlin Q.C.||627,000|
|Richard Ferguson Q.C.||864,000|
|Oliver Blunt Q.C.||839,000|
|John C. Rees Q.C.||803,000|
|Abbas Lakha Q.C.||668,000|
|Courtenay Griffiths Q.C.||667,000|
|David H. Evans Q.C.||653,000|
|Nigel Lithman Q.C.||652,000|
|David Fish Q.C.||624,000|
|Kenneth MacDonald Q.C.||597,000|
|Michael Harrison Q.C.||595,000|
|Anthony Arlidge Q.C.||566,000|
|Malcolm Swift Q.C.||547,000|
|Oliver Blunt(38) Q.C.||703,000|
|John C. Rees Q.C.||664,000|
|Malcolm Swift Q.C.||637,000|
|James Sturman Q.C.||626,000|
|Christopher Sallon Q.C.||603,000|
|Howard Godfrey Q.C.||596,000|
|Jonathan Hall Q.C.||563,000|
|Robin Grey Q.C.||558,000|
|Michel Massih Q.C.||551,000|
|Richard Marks Q.C.||544,000|
|Andrew Bright Q.C.||537,000|
|Ajmalul Hossain Q.C.||536,000|
|Paul Storey Q.C.||448,000|
|Simeon Maskrey Q.C.||332,000|
|Alison Ball Q.C.||315,000|
|Jonathan Baker Q.C.||311,000|
|Anthony Hayden Q.C.||288,000|
|Michael Keehan Q.C.||272,000|
|Henry Setright Q.C.||245,000|
|Andrew McFarlane Q.C.||236,000|
|Paul Storey Q.C.||522,000|
|Elizabeth Gumbel Q.C.||467,000|
|Sally Bradley Q.C.||455,000|
|Ian Peddie Q.C.||436,000|
|Pamela Scriven Q.C.||426,000|
|Jonathan Baker Q.C.||376,000|
|Michael Redfern Q.C.||374,000|
|David Vaughan Q.C.||352,000|
|Robin Tolson Q.C.||338,000|
|Lord Brennan Q.C.||606,000|
|Elizabeth Gumbel Q.C.||470,000|
|Paul Storey Q.C.||449,000|
|Sally Bradley Q.C.||328,000|
|Stephen Irwin Q.C.||314,000|
|Joanna Dodson Q.C.||284,000|
|Alison Ball Q.C.||279,000|
|Eleanor Hamilton Q.C.||277,000|
|Simeon Maskrey Q.C.||269,000|
1. The amounts paid to each barrister listed represent payments for work covering many years, for a variety of cases. The amount an individual receives in any year fluctuates widely, and is to a large extent due to the variety of payment processes and schemes used by the Legal Services Commission and the Courts.
3. Barristers will typically pay 2530 per cent, of fees in professional expenses. Additionally, barristers face the same expenses as any other self employed person, including income tax and National Insurance contributions.
1. Payments are made after claims are carefully scrutinised by the Legal Services Commission or the Courts, and where necessary adjusted. The Legal Services Commission and the Courts may make payments many years after cases conclude.
2. While these figures represent gross payments actually made to the barristers during the year, some of those monies have been (or may in the future be) repaid to the Community Legal Service Fund by other parties. This will happen in cases where the legally aided party wins the case and recovers costs from the opponent. Once those costs are recovered the legally aided party's solicitor refunds some or all of the money to the CLS Fund. As a consequence the figures may not reflect the actual cost of the barristers' fees to the Fund. In some cases where costs are recovered from the losing party the actual cost to the CLS Fund may be very little or even nothing.
3. Not all payments could be verified with all the individuals concerned. Cases in dispute, where amounts listed as being paid to individual barristers were identified from records held by the Department and the Legal Services Commission, and the practitioner has no such record, have been included. Where possible, amounts have been verified by practitioners and adjusted where necessary.
4. For the CDS, not all payments are recorded centrally in a way that can be attributed to a barrister. Also not all payments made to barristers are recorded in the database used to compile the list. These include manual legal aid payments and a small number of bills paid on account and payments made in the high court. Therefore, it is possible that the list could change in future following the inclusion of such payments in light of further information and subsequent verification.
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