find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Legal Inhouse / Lawyer / Company Secretary
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Fantastic Company · Potential to be Part Time / Flexible Work Pattern
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
Report reveals top government advisers

Report reveals top government advisers


A recent report has revealed the top-billing firms for Commonwealth legal work in 2015-16, with one firm making the top 10 for the first time.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department released the Legal Services Expenditure Report 2015-16 earlier this year. The report identifies the top providers of legal services to the government over the last financial year.

The report found that professional fees paid by the Commonwealth, defined as “fees paid to legal services providers, excluding counsel fees and disbursements”, rose to $290.22 million in 2015-16. This was an increase of $28.23 million from the previous financial year.

The top 10 legal services providers to the Commonwealth in 2015-16 accounted for approximately 86 per cent of these professional fees.

The Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), a division of the Attorney-General’s Department, claimed the lion’s share as usual, earning 38 per cent of professional fees for the year.

The AGS was followed by Clayton Utz in second place. Clayton Utz earned the most of all the private practice firms, with 13 per cent of fees.

MinterEllison and Sparke Helmore Lawyers claimed equally third place, with 8 per cent of fees. Ashurst and DLA Piper earned 6 per cent and 5 per cent respectively, while King & Wood Mallesons re-entered the top 10 with 2 per cent, after not making the ranking in 2014-15.

Mills Oakley Lawyers was the seventh private practice firm on the list, also with 2 per cent of fees. This is the first time the firm has made the top 10.

Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said in a statement that the ranking reflects the firm’s growing focus on public sector work.

“Our firm has invested heavily over the last few years in getting the legal right talent onboard with extensive and specialist government experience,” he said.

“We moved into the Canberra market at a time when some other firms were leaving, and we are delighted that our commitment to the public sector is helping us win more work with key government departments.”

The departments Mills Oakley has advised include Immigration and Border Protection, Human Services, Industry, Defence, Veterans’ Affairs, Finance and the Attorney-General’s Department.

HWL Ebsworth and Corrs Chambers Westgarth rounded out the top 10, each earning 2 per cent of professional fees.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Report reveals top government advisers
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Nov 24 2017
Demand lifts in 2017/18 for short-term finance to cover crises
Promoted by NWC Finance. The first five months of the 2017-18 financial year have seen unpreceden...
LCA welcomes religious freedom panel
Nov 24 2017
LCA welcomes religious freedom panel
The Law Council of Australia says the establishment of a panel which will examine the human right to...
Law Society launched a new website, legal politics and lawmaking
Nov 24 2017
Law Society launches project to engage young Aussies
The Law Society of NSW has launched a new website to engage young Australians in legal politics and ...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...