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This instrument amends the Legal Services Directions 2017 to give effect to transitional arrangements for the procurement of legal services upon the expiry of the Legal Services Multi-use List (LSMUL) on 30 June 2018 and to raise the threshold value for a ‘major claim’ in Appendix C from $25,000 to $100,000, and set targets for Commonwealth entities in relation to briefing female barristers.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 29 Jun 2018
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR13-Aug-2018
Tabled Senate13-Aug-2018
Date of repeal 02 Jul 2018
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
Table of contents.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Legal Services Amendment (Multi‑use List) Direction 2018

I, Christian Porter, Attorney‑General, make the following direction.

Dated 25 June 2018

Christian Porter

Attorney‑General

 

 

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                                          2

Legal Services Directions 2017                                                                                                          2

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Legal Services Amendment (Multi-use List) Direction 2018.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

1 July 2018.

1 July 2018

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under section 55ZF of the Judiciary Act 1903.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Legal Services Directions 2017

1  Paragraph 12.3A of Schedule 1

Repeal the paragraph.

2  Paragraph 15 of Schedule 1

Repeal the following definitions:

                     (a)  definition of approved Commonwealth company;

                     (b)  definition of approved government business enterprise.

3  Paragraph 3 of Appendix C to Schedule 1

Omit “$25,000” (wherever occurring), substitute “$100,000”.

4  At the end of paragraph 4D(a) of Appendix D to Schedule 1

Add “; and”.

5  Paragraph 4D(b) of Appendix D to Schedule 1

Omit “, and”, substitute “; and”.

6  After paragraph 4D(c) of Appendix D to Schedule 1

Insert:

            ; and (d)  select female counsel with relevant seniority, expertise and experience in the relevant practice area, with a view to:

                              (i)  senior female barristers accounting for at least 25% of all briefs or 25% of the value of all brief fees paid to senior barristers; and

                             (ii)  junior female barristers accounting for at least 30% of all briefs or 30% of the value of all brief fees paid to junior barristers.

7  Paragraph 4D of Appendix D to Schedule 1 (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note:          Commonwealth agencies are encouraged to publish annually, in a manner that does not disclose the rates paid to individual counsel, information that allows assessment of whether the targets in subparagraphs (d)(i) and (ii) are being met in relation to counsel engaged on their behalf (whether directly or through external lawyers).

                   Guidance material is available at www.ag.gov.au/LegalSystem/LegalServicesCoordination/

8  Paragraph 1 of Appendix F to Schedule 1 (definition of LSMUL)

Repeal the definition.

9  Paragraphs 3 and 4 of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Repeal the paragraphs.

10  Subparagraph 5(1) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “, an approved Commonwealth company or an approved government business enterprise”.

11  Subparagraph 5(1) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “on the LSMUL”.

12  Subparagraph 5(2) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “, company or enterprise”.

13  Paragraph 8 of Appendix F to Schedule 1 (heading)

Omit “agencies”, substitute “entities”.

14  Subparagraph 8(1) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “, an approved Commonwealth company or an approved government business enterprise”.

15  Subparagraph 8(1) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “, company or enterprise” (wherever occurring).

16  Subparagraph 8(1) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “on the LSMUL”.

17  Subparagraph 8(2) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “, an approved Commonwealth company or an approved government business enterprise”.

18  Subparagraph 8(2) of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Omit “on the LSMUL, the entity, company or enterprise”, substitute “, the entity”.

19  Paragraph 9 of Appendix F to Schedule 1

Repeal the paragraph.