Two NPfIT legal firms get nearly £40m

The NPfIT minister Mike O’Brien has disclosed the legal fees that were paid to two companies for support for the National Programme for IT. About £10m went to DLA Piper and about £29m to Allen and Overy.

The fees are only part of the total legal bill for the NPfIT. Mike O’Brien qualifies his figures by saying that the figures he’s releasing represent “part of the total sum for legal and commercial support relating to the national programme for information technology…”.

It may also be worth noting that the figures given by O’Brien are up to April 2009 so they are out of date; and the local service provider contracts for BT and CSC are being renegotiated again, the costs of which will not included in the latest figures.

Full Parliamentary question and answer:

StephenO’Brien:  To ask the Secretary of State for Health … how much hasbeen paid to each legal firm employed to draft the contracts for theNational Programme for IT.

Mike O’Brien: “As part of the totalsum for legal and commercial support relating to the national programmefor information technology, monies paid to the legal firms in questioninclude among a range of things, fees for the drafting of contracts.Information is not held in a form that makes it possible to identifypayments made for work relating specifically to the drafting ofcontracts.

“Between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2009, the totalfees paid to Allen & Overy amounted to £10,309,877 and to DLA PiperUK LLP £28,864,938, although Allen and Overy ceased to advise after2006.”


NPfIT legal bill reaches nearly £40m –

NPfIT costs include about £3m on hotels and business travel –