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Appendix 7: 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.

Table 31: Summary of legal services expenditure
Summary of legal services expenditure       2014–15 GST exclusive 2015–16 GST exclusive
Total legal services expenditure $33,086,372.22 $26,930,554.03
Total external legal services expenditure $30,938,964.20 $24,322,510.03
Total internal legal services expenditure $2,147,408.02 $2,608,044.00

Table 32: External legal services expenditure summary
External legal services expenditure 2014–15 GST exclusive 2015–16 GST exclusive
Total external legal services expenditure    
Total number of counsel briefed 156 206
Male counsel briefed 83 119
Female counsel briefed 73 87
Total number of counsel direct briefed 48 68
Male counsel direct briefed 23 33
Female counsel direct briefed 25 35
Total value of all counsel briefs $6,910,799.09 $6,009,713.79
All male counsel briefs $4,365,700.39 $3,004,612.44
All female counsel briefs $2,545,098.70 $3,005,101.35
Disbursements (excluding counsel) $1,536,011.00 $1,220,376.87
Professional fees $22,492,154.11 $17,092,419.37

 
Table 33: Professional service providers
Professional service providers 2014–15 GST exclusive 2015–16 GST exclusive
Australian Government Solicitor $12,246,558.65 $10,133,015.00
Ashurst       $154,729.68 $32,853.75
Norton Rose Fullbright $332,787.34 $0.00
Sparke Helmore Solicitors $95,445 $20,312.00
Clayton Utz $101,239.55 $386,669.00
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers $23,279.67 $12,247.78
King & Wood Mallesons $242,947.75 $0.00
Maddocks $2,021.50 $0.00
Minter Ellison Lawyers $8,737,202.50 $5,629,984.60
Piper Alderman $95,236 $778,490.40
Office of Parliamentary Counsel $460,706.47 $47,716.84
Gadens $0.00 $51,130.00
Total professional fees $22,492,154.11 $17,092,419.37

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