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Barristers in FitzPatrick case paid record-breaking rate

The daily fee paid to barristers in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick were the highest ever paid to counsel in a criminal case.

Senior counsel for the prosecution and defence were paid €3,000 each a day by the State for the 126-day trial which was the longest in Irish legal history. This is more than three times more than the standard rate of €858 a day for senior counsel in Circuit Court criminal trials.

The senior barristers were also paid a €40,000 initial "brief fee" to take the case, vastly more than the normal brief fee of €1,716. The two senior counsel earned a total of over €400,000 each including VAT for the trial.

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