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Appendix 5: Legal Services Expenditure

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The Legal Services Directions 2017 paragraph 11.1(ba) requires all departments and agencies to make publicly available their legal services expenditure for the previous financial year.

Table 38: Summary of legal services expenditure (GST exclusive)

2015–16 2016–17
Total legal services expenditure $26,930,554.03 $27,442,760.18
Total external legal services expenditure $24,322,510.03 $23,414,070.18
Total internal legal services expenditure $2,608,044.00 $4,028,690.00

Table 39: External legal services expenditure (GST exclusive)

2015–16 2016–17
Total external legal services expenditure $24,322,510.03 $23,414,070.18
Total number of counsel briefed 206 187
 - Male counsel briefed 119 123
 - Female counsel briefed 87 64
Total number of counsel direct briefed 68 38
 - Male counsel direct briefed 33 26
 - Female counsel direct briefed 35 12
Total value of all counsel briefed $6,009,713.79 $7,961,789.79
 - All male counsel briefs $3,004,612.44 $4,894,963.75
 - All female counsel briefs $3,005,101.35 $3,066,826.04
Disbursements (excluding counsel) $1,220,376.87 $897,348.67
Professional fees $17,092,419.37 $14,554,931.72

Table 40: Payments professional service providers (GST exclusive)

Professional service providers 2015-16 GST exclusive 2016-17 GST exclusive
Australian Government Solicitor $10,133,015.00 $11,116,904.35
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade $0.00 $14,334.70
Gilbert + Tobin $0.00 $3,297,009.59
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers $12,247.78 $2,003.71
Mills Oakley Lawyers $0.00 $4,190.50
NSW Parliamentary Counsel's Office $0.00 $11,935.00
Office of Parliamentary Counsel $47,716.84 $56,905.17
Piper Alderman $778,490.40 $33,253.00
Overseas legal services providers $0.00 $18,395.70
Other firms not used in 2016-17 $6,120,949.35 -
Total professional fees $17,092,419.37 $14,554,931.72

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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