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Legal case over shopping centre costs taxpayer £20k

Officers spend over 90 hours on case

Fighting a legal case over a shopping and leisure centre in Castletown has cost the taxpayer almost £20,000.

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne revealed his department had spent almost £14,000 on the case in response to a Tynwald question for written answer from Onchan MHK David Quirk.

Mr Quirk asked how much the department faced paying in legal costs as it fought a Petition of Doleance from businessman Roy Tilleard over Callow’s Yard.

In a separate question, Mr Quirk also wanted to know how much time the Attorney General’s chambers had spent on the case.

Acting Attorney General John Quinn, in his reply, said legal officers had spent 90 hours preparing for and attending court over the case.

Mr Quinn said that figure was an estimate, based on a total on 99 hours spent advising the Department of Infrastructure.

He said at an average of £75 an hour, the total cost would be £6,750 before any other costs such as energy or administration.

But Mr Quinn said legal support from the Attorney General’s Chambers to departments is free.

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