Ministry of Defence cuts legal spend to top billing advisers as magic circle firms see fees fall

Linklaters, Freshfields and Slaughters among advisers to see MoD billings fall last year

Legal fees for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) biggest billers fell by more than 80% last year, as the government department cut back on spending to top UK law firms.

Figures obtained by a freedom of information request show the MoD’s five biggest-billing law firms were paid 84% less in 2016-17 than the previous financial year.

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