As you may have noted from the extract above – taken from the House of Commons register of members interests – the event took up just four hours of Alistair Darling's time.
So that fee works out at £3,825 an hour. Nice work if you can get it.
Legal market geeks may recall that a week before Darling made his speech Linklaters admitted that it had made a number of support staff redundant, declining to comment on how many jobs went.
A spokesperson for the firm said at the time: “We can confirm that reluctantly there have been a small number of headcount reductions in business services in the UK.”