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Appendix 4: Legal services expenditure
In 2020–21, our total legal expenditure reduced by $1.6 million (or 2%) when compared to the previous year.
Our internal legal services costs were $3.7 million higher than 2019–20 due to an increase in casework conducted in-house.
External expenditure reduced by around $5.3 million. Legal costs for addressing disputes generated by the Tax Avoidance Taskforce increased in 2020–21. However natural disasters (fires, floods and cyclones) and the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic contributed to significant reductions in debt legal recovery actions, lower summons and indemnity fees – resulting in an overall reduction of external costs.
Legal services expenditure, 2020–21(a)(b)
Total costs recovered
Briefs to counsel
Briefs for Independent Assurance of Settlements work
Disbursements (excluding counsel)
Professional fees paid
External legal services expenditure(c)
Internal legal services expenditure(d)
TOTAL (external and internal expenditure)
Number and value of briefs to counsel, 2020–21(a)(b)
Briefs to senior counsel
Direct briefs to male senior counsel
Direct briefs to female senior counsel
Indirect briefs to male senior counsel
Indirect briefs to female senior counsel
Briefs to junior counsel
Direct briefs to male junior counsel
Direct briefs to female junior counsel
Indirect briefs to male junior counsel
Indirect briefs to female junior counsel
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