Legal expenditure

This is a statement of external legal services expenditure by the ACCC for the financial year ended 30th June 2018, published in compliance with paragraph 11.1 (ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2017.

External expenditure on solicitors


External expenditure on counsel


Other disbursements on external legal services


Total external legal services expenditure


Consistent with Appendix D of the Legal Services Directions 2017 the ACCC monitors the engagement of counsel, in particular the percentages of female versus male counsel briefed. For the 2017-18 financial year, female counsel accounted for 38% of counsel briefed (both direct and indirect), 37% of total direct briefs and 39% 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.