£11k le­gal fees for big pay­out

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Peter­bor­ough’s metro mayor re­ceived le­gal ad­vice worth more than £11,000 be­fore agree­ing a £94,500 pay­out to the may­oral au­thor­ity’s for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Martin White­ley re­signed from the Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Au­thor­ity (CA) in Au­gust, where he was on a salary of £182,000 a year.

The pay­out was solely agreed by Mayor James Palmer, CA leader, af­ter he sought in­de­pen­dent le­gal ad­vice.

Last week, Mr Palmer said the pub­lic did not care about the sev­er­ance pay­ment and that he did not know how much the ad­vice had cost.

Now, af­ter be­ing asked by the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, the CA has re­vealed the cost was £11,202 plus VAT, which was paid for by the pub­lic body. The le­gal ad­vice came from Trow­ers & Ham­lins, an in­ter­na­tional law firm.

The PT has also dis­cov­ered that in the first six months of the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year the split of staffing costs at the CA was 40 per cent on ad­min and man­age­ment and 60 per cent on pro­gramme de­liv­ery.

The CA said it will reveal the full spend on both later this month. Mayor Palmer has pre­vi­ously stated that the CA is “com­mit­ted to be­ing a lean au­thor­ity”.

A CA spokes­woman said: “We need the ca­pac­ity to de­liver a pro­gramme of work that will make a pos­i­tive im­pact in our re­gion. This means hav­ing a staffing struc­ture with the skills and ex­per­tise to de­liver large scale com­plex projects across our di­verse port­fo­lio.”

Mayor Palmer and Martin White­ley

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