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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
Total external legal services expenditure
Total internal legal services expenditure

Table 41: External legal services expenditure summary

External legal services expenditure
2012–13 GST exclusive
2013–14 GST exclusive
Total external legal services expenditure
Total number of counsel briefed
Male counsel briefed
Female counsel briefed
Total number of counsel direct briefed
Male counsel direct briefed
Female counsel direct briefed
Total value of all counsel briefs
All male counsel briefs
All female counsel briefs
Disbursements (excluding counsel)
Professional fees

Table 42: Professional service providers

Professional service providers
2012–13 GST exclusive
2013–14 GST exclusive
Australian Government Solicitor
DLA Piper Australia
Norton Rose Fullbright
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
Sparke Helmore Solicitors
BlandsLaw Pty Ltd
Bradley Allen Love Lawyers
Clayton Utz
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
King & Wood Mallesons
Minter Ellison Lawyers
Office of Parliamentary Counsel
Total Professional Fees

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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