Council may sue tram advice law firm

The trams are ready to roll. Picture: Ian Georgeson
The trams are ready to roll. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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AMID the excitement of tomorrow’s long-awaited launch of the tram service, city leaders are keeping their options open on legal action over the £776 million project.

The council went to the Court of Session just two weeks ago in a move to protect its right to raise a future court action if it chose to do so.

The council said cases were called in court on May 16 to prevent any rights of action being lost.

However, it is feared legal action could delay the promised public inquiry into what went wrong with the trams scheme or restrict its scope.

It is understood any potential legal action would be against law firm DLA Piper, which provided legal advice on the project contract, and the council’s own arms-length company TIE (Transport Initiatives Edinburgh), which managed the project.

A spokesman for DLA Piper said the firm had always strongly denied any wrongdoing in relation to its work on the tram project.

He added: “We welcome the opportunity to set out the firm’s position in respect of the allegations which will be vigorously defended.”