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Lawyer Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 1 April 2019.

General information

The total number of registered (practising) lawyers in the state of Victoria as at 1 April 2019 was 22,945. There were 117 new lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in March 2019.

Lawyer statistics

Lawyers by age and gender

Female lawyers dominate the 20-29, 30-39 and 40-49 age brackets. Proportionally, female lawyers are significantly under represented in the 50-59 and older age brackets.

Table 1 shows the breakdown of lawyers by age and gender.

Age in Years

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

80-89

90 +

Total

Female

2,301

4,624

2,761

1,329

555

115

4

11,689

Male

1,297

2,979

2,350

1,963

1,883

707

75

2

11,256

Total

3,598

7,603

5,111

3,292

2,438

822

79

2

22,947

Table 1: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 1 April 2019 by age and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by gender

The majority of lawyers registered in Victoria are classified as solicitors, with female solicitors outnumbering male solicitors. Male barristers still outnumber female barristers. Table 2 illustrates the number of male and female lawyers registered as solicitors or barristers in Victoria.

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

Female

11,602

627

11,689

Male

9,791

1,465

11,256

Total

20,855

2,092

22,947

Table 2: Lawyers registered in Victoria at 1 April 2019 by lawyer type and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by location

As shown in Table 3, the majority of lawyers are based in the Melbourne CBD, followed by the metropolitan area (suburbs).

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

City

10,401

1,938

12,339

Metro

7,981

131

8,112

Regional

1,397

18

1,415

Ballarat

143

2

145

Bendigo

128

128

Geelong

81

81

Interstate

153

153

Overseas

571

3

574

Total

20,855

2,092

22,947

Table 3: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 1 April 2019 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 1 April 2019 was 9,861. The vast majority of these were sole practitioners. Non-legal employers and Incorporated legal practices employ a similar number of lawyers (Table 4).

Type

Total

Sole Practitioner

5,278

Non-legal Employer

1,905

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,888

Law Firm

213

Government Employer

176

Community Legal Centre

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

37

Foreign Law Practice

19

Total

9,577

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 1 April 2019.

Entity types by location

Table 5 shows the majority of entities registered in Victoria are sole practitioners who work in the Melbourne CBD area, followed by metropolitan (suburban) Melbourne.

Type

City

Metro

Regional

Ballarat

Bendigo

Geelong

Interstate

Overseas

Total

Sole Practitioner  2,619  2,117 341 23 20 21  17  120  5,620
Non-Legal Employer

8064

763

48

4

4

8

82 190  1,905
Incorporated Legal Practice 694

856

175

19

17

8

 119  – 1,888
Government Employer

121

37

8

3

6  1  176
Law firm

113

58

23

3

2

1

10 3  213
Community Legal Service

16

32

5

1

1

2

 4  –  61
Unincorporated Legal Practice

18

8

3

1

 7  –  37
Foreign Law Practice

4

7

1

 –  7  19
Total

4,391 

3,878

604

51

47

40

245 321 9,577

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 1 April 2019 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified April 1, 2019.