Legal expenditure

This is a statement of external legal services expenditure by the ACCC for the financial year ended 30th June 2016, published in compliance with paragraph 11.1 (ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2005.

External expenditure on solicitors

$15,175,848.32

External expenditure on counsel

$7,706,635.17

Other disbursements on external legal services

$3,886,683.34

Total external legal services expenditure

$26,769,166.83

Consistent with Appendix D of the Legal Services Directions 2005 the ACCC monitors the engagement of counsel, in particular the percentages of female versus male counsel briefed. For the 2015-16 financial year, female counsel accounted for 33% of counsel briefed (both direct and indirect), 30% of total direct briefs and 34% of total indirect briefs.

Explanatory notes

The above figures are all GST exclusive.

The above figures do not include the ACCC’s internal legal services expenditure.

The above figures were prepared on an accrual basis.

Indirect briefing refers to counsel briefed through legal services firms retained by the ACCC. This contrasts with counsel briefed directly by the ACCC.