Slaughter & May and Norton Rose law firms have been the biggest beneficiaries who secured most of the outsourced legal services.
The acting Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Edwin Batshu, told parliament that Slaughter & May legal services provided to all government departments in the past two financial years totaled close to P10 million (P9┬á944┬á400.00). Norton Rose billed the government P2┬á109┬á747.60 for the same period.
Local firms that the government outsourced legal services for the same period are Toteng & Company at P693┬á966.35, Marumo Legal Consultants P512┬á210.00 and Sidney Pilane Legal Consultants at a cost of P440┬á366.75.
The acting minister was asked by the Member of Parliament for Gaborone Central, Dumelang Saleshando, to state the total number of private law firms which were contracted to provide legal services for all government departments in the past two financial years. The MP had also wanted the minister to state the five law firms which secured most of the outsourced services in terms of fees paid.