A HIGH Court judge has queried a bill submitted by lawyers representing the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its former chief executive Fred Goodwin.

Mr Justice Hildyard said a £115,000 "statement of costs" - outlined during the latest stage of litigation featuring RBS, Mr Goodwin and shareholders who have sued in a bid to recover investment losses - appeared "disproportionate". The judge said the costs claim would need "more careful scrutiny".

Litigation centred on an RBS share offer in summer 2008 - a few months before the bank was given Government support, said the judge.

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Mr Justice Hildyard ruled investors should pay half of the RBS legal bill and said the costs would have to be assessed.