On Friday, the Commonwealth Attorney-General released the Commonwealth Legal Services Expenditure Report 2010 - 2011. The report includes information on legal services expenditure across all applicable Commonwealth departments and agencies.
The 2010-2011 Report notes that there has been a slight increase in legal services expenditure across the Commonwealth from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011, with an overall increase in total legal services expenditure of 5.6%.
The Report also notes that that the percentage of direct briefs to Counsel continues to increase (45% from 2009-2010), and that equal opportunity briefing practices have continued to ensure that 26.66% of all Commonwealth briefs went to female counsel, a greater proportion than womenâs 19% representation at the Bar.
12 December 2011