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Appendix 3: 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 report their legal services expenditure each financial year. This appendix provides a breakdown of the department's expenditure for 2012–13, along with the previous year's data for comparison. All expenditure figures include GST.

Table A3.1: Legal services expenditure summary, comparing 2011–12 and 2012–13
2011–12
2012-13
Total legal services expenditurea
$11,819,550.28
$13,514,431.64
Total external legal services expenditure
$10,396,791.74
$11,925,472.06
Total number of counsel briefed
109
156
Total number of counsel direct briefed
30
20
Total value of counsel briefs
$2,142,382.95
$2,673,857.74
Total disbursements (excluding counsel)
$180,056.99
$186,136.55
Total professional fees paid
$8,074,351.80
$9,065,477.77
Total internal legal services expenditureb
$1,422,758.54
$1,588,959.58
Total costs recovered
$62,602.37
$235,000.00

 

Notes:

a 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. The 2012–13 legal services expenditure figures include costs incurred in providing support for the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, as well as costs related to the Commonwealth's representation before the Royal Commission.

b The department's Office of Corporate Counsel was established in December 2011 with the responsibility for providing legal advice necessary for the operation of the department. The department also has legal practices that provide both internal and external services, principally the Office of International Law. The Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing transferred to Office of Parliamentary Counsel in 2012, and related legal services expenditure is treated as external legal expenditure. Legal services are provided within the department at no cost to the receiving areas. No billing arrangement for internal legal services provided to the department by the practices operates, nor are separate records of expenditure kept. Such expenses are treated as part of the department's aggregate staffing costs.

An estimate of the cost of internal legal services has been derived from an assessment of the number of staff involved in providing internal legal services and the proportion of their time involved in providing those services.

The staff of the Office of Corporate Counsel devoted to providing internal legal services are the full-time equivalent of a Principal Legal Officer and two SES officers.

Table A3.2: External legal services expenditure summary, comparing 2011–12 and 2012–13
2011–12
2012-13
Counsel
Total number of counsel briefed
109
156
Male counsel briefed
61
93
Female counsel briefed
48
63
Total number of counsel direct briefed
30
20
Male counsel direct briefed
14
10
Female counsel direct briefed
16
10
Total value of counsel briefs
$2,142,382.95
$2,673,857.74
Male counsel briefs
$881,660.73
$1,227,623.22
Female counsel briefs
$1,260,722.22
$1,446,234.52
Disbursements (excluding counsel)
$180,056.99
$186,136.55
Professional fees
$8,074,351.80
$9,065,477.77
Table A3.3: Professional service providers, comparing 2011–12 and 2012–13
2011–12
2012-13
Australian Government Solicitor
$7,439,502.82
$8,331,964.02
Ashurst
$572,246.61
$524,865.54
DLA Piper Australia
-
$1,631.85
Norton Rose Fullbright
$5,850.00
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
$6,490.00
Sparke Helmore Solicitors
$194,676.36
Mallesons Stephen Jaques
$62,602.37
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Total professional fees
$8,074,351.80
$9,065,477.77

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