By Rags Martel: ITV London reporter
Kensington and Chelsea could fork out more than £5 million on lawyers in the wake of the Grenfell fire, ITV News can reveal.
Figures quoted in the council's Executive Decision Report, show it has already spent £2.2 million on legal fees, as of 22 February 2018.
Tonight it will propose to add another £3,520,000 for the next financial year. That could bring the total legal bill to £5.7 million in the next two years - though the council insist they only plan to spend £4.7 million of it.
That figure includes £500,000 spent on specialist IT software providing legal documents to the Grenfell inquiry and Metropolitan Police investigation.
Installing fire-resistant cladding at Grenfell Tower would have cost just £5,000, it has been previously claimed.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Leadership Team will vote to pass the report, titled Legal Fees for Public Enquiry and Operation Northleigh Investigation, at a Town Hall meeting this evening.
Earlier, this week Kensington and Chelsea Council admitted spending almost £21 million keeping survivors in hotels.
Today the government criticised the council for the slow progress of rehousing Grenfell victims.
More than 9 months after the fire, less than a third have been permanently rehoused. They include 82 families still living in emergency accommodation.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid called on Kensington and Chelsea to speed up rehousing residents.