Back in March of 2008, the ACLA/CLANZ Legal Department Benchmarking Report 2008 delivered the results of a survey of more than 125 companies and government agencies that together spend over a billion Australian dollars on lawyers each year. The report was commissioned by the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) and Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ).
Two and a half years later, the same survey covers 150 participants who together spend over Australian $2 billion on legal costs annually. Both of these facts come from Legal Fuel at the Wellington Scoop.
In other words, participation in the bi-annual survey climbed 20 percent while the legal spend close to doubled. It is also interesting to me that government agencies figure so prominently in the survey. That is uncommon in the benchmark surveys done in the United States.