Five legal cases related to area-based schemes, which ended up contested by way of a judicial review, had associated legal costs of well over £500,000 the Irish Farmers Journal can confirm.

The information has been obtained by Strangford MP Jim Shannon, working on behalf of his constituent, Barnwell Farms. The Greyabbey farm business recently won an active farmer case against DAERA (see page 7 of edition dated 14 November 2020).