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Appendix 8: Legal services expenditure

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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 an increase in legal services expenditure in 2014–15, due largely to costs associated with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, as well as costs related to the Commonwealth’s representation before these royal commissions.

Table 34: Legal services expenditure summary
Summary of legal services expenditure 2013–14 GST exclusive 2014–15 GST exclusive
Total legal services expenditure $26,954,915.16 $33,086,372.22
Total external legal services expenditure $25,700,406.14 $30,938,964.20
Total internal legal services expenditure $1,254,509.02 $2,147,408.02
Table 35: External legal services expenditure summary
External legal services expenditure 2013–14 GST exclusive 2014–15 GST exclusive
Total external legal services expenditure $25,700,406.14 $30,938,964.20
Total number of counsel briefed 106 156
Male counsel briefed 75 83
Female counsel briefed 31 73
Total number of counsel direct briefed 22 48
Male counsel direct briefed 16 23
Female counsel direct briefed 6 25
Total value of all counsel briefs $5,060,461.97 $6,910,799.09
All male counsel briefs $3,553,245,41 $4,365,700.39
All female counsel briefs $1,507,216.56 $2,545,098.70
Disbursements (excluding counsel) $2,098,250.20 $1,536,011.00
Professional fees $18,541,693.97 $22,492,154.11
Table 36: Professional service providers
Professional service providers 2013–14 GST exclusive 2014–15 GST exclusive
Australian Government Solicitor $11,617,770.51 $12,246,558.65
Ashurst       $589,027.79 $154,729.68
DLA Piper Australia $481,779.15 $0.00
Norton Rose Fullbright $7,649.66 $332,787.34
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers $0.00 $0.00
Sparke Helmore Solicitors $208,288.65 $95,445
BlandsLaw Pty Ltd $3,260.91 $0.00
Bradley Allen Love Lawyers $65,363.70 $0.00
Clayton Utz $33,086.00 $101,239.55
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers $25,397.91 $23,279.67
King & Wood Mallesons $3,352,693.02 $242,947.75
Maddocks $4,406.00 $2,021.50
Minter Ellison Lawyers $2,143,007.92 $8,737,202.50
Piper Alderman $0.00 $95,236
Office of Parliamentary Counsel $9,962.75 $460,706.47
Total Professional Fees $18,541,693.97 $22,492,154.11

Note: The legal services expenditure was incorrectly reported in the 2013–14 annual report. This was corrected for the 2013–14 Commonwealth Legal Expenditure Report and the 2014–15 AGD Annual Report reflects the corrected expenditure figures.

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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