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Appendix 8: Legal services

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Legal services expenditure

The Legal Services Directions 2005 paragraph 11.1(ba) requires all departments and agencies to make publicly available their legal services expenditure for the previous financial year.

These figures reflect a significant increase in legal services expenditure in 2013–14, due to costs associated with the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, as well as costs related to the Commonwealth's representation before these royal commissions.

Table 40: Legal services expenditure summary

Summary of legal services expenditure
2012–13 GST exclusive
2013–14 GST exclusive
Total legal services expenditure
$12,162,988.47
$26,572,460.19
Total external legal services expenditure
$10,732,924.85
$25,443,402.07
Total internal legal services expenditure
$1,430,063.62
$1,129,058.12

Table 41: External legal services expenditure summary

External legal services expenditure
2012–13 GST exclusive
2013–14 GST exclusive
Total external legal services expenditure
$10,732,924.85
$25,443,402.07
Total number of counsel briefed
156
106
Male counsel briefed
93
75
Female counsel briefed
63
31
Total number of counsel direct briefed
20
22
Male counsel direct briefed
10
16
Female counsel direct briefed
10
6
Total value of all counsel briefs
$2,406,471.97
$5,009,857.35
All male counsel briefs
$1,104,860.90
$3,517,712.96
All female counsel briefs
$1,301,611.07
$1,492,144.39
Disbursements (excluding counsel)
$167,522.90
$2,077,267.69
Professional fees
$8,158,929.99
$18,356,277.03

Table 42: Professional service providers

Professional service providers
2012–13 GST exclusive
2013–14 GST exclusive
Australian Government Solicitor
$7,498,767.62
$11,501,592.80
Ashurst
$472,378.99
$583,137.51
DLA Piper Australia
$1,468.67
$476,961.35
Norton Rose Fullbright
$5,265.00
$7,573.17
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
$5,841.00
$0.00
Sparke Helmore Solicitors
$175,208.72
$206,205.76
BlandsLaw Pty Ltd
$0.00
$3,228.30
Bradley Allen Love Lawyers
$0.00
$64,710.06
Clayton Utz
$0.00
$32,755.14
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
$0.00
$25,143.93
King & Wood Mallesons
$0.00
$3,319,166.09
Maddocks
$0.00
$4,361.94
Minter Ellison Lawyers
$0.00
$2,121,577.84
Office of Parliamentary Counsel
$0.00
$9,863.13
Total Professional Fees
$8,158,929.99
$18,356,277.03

Note: These figures exclude amounts of legal services expenditure relating to The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the United Nations Convention on the Recovery Abroad of Maintenance and international obligations under various bilateral maintenance arrangements. The department records these separately as they do not constitute purchase of legal services by the department for itself. Rather, they arise because the department pays for legal services that benefit other parties as a result of obligations under international agreements.

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