More than £65 million is expected to be spent on legal fees alone in the high profile Wembley trial between builders Multiplex and engineers Mott MacDonald.
The High Court was today told that Multiplex has already spent some £23 million on its substantial legal team, but that it expected to spend at least double that before the fight was over.
The construction firm had estimated it will face a total £40 million bill for a two-month trial, but with it now expected to run as long as six months, the firm admitted costs could go much higher.
Defendants Mott MacDonald said its legal costs currently stood at £6 million. It told the court this could climb to £25 million, also just based on a two-month trial.
Counsel for Mott MacDonald Andrew White QC described the figures as “staggering”, and warned they were conservative estimates.
He warned the court that Mott may request to have future costs capped in an attempt to curb spiralling legal bills.
A decision on this, however, is not expected to be made until a later hearing in November.
Judge Mr Justice Coulson described the mounting legal bill as “a cause for concern”.