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Lawyer Statistics

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

General information

The total number of registered (practising) lawyers in the state of Victoria as at 1 January 2019 was 22,508. There were 226 new lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in December 2018.

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

2,239

4,524

2,685

1,312

523

111

4

11,398

Male

1,277

2,941

2,324

1,956

1,852

687

70

3

11,110

Total

3,516

7,465

5,009

3,268

2,375

798

74

3

22,508

Table 1: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 1 January 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

10,770

628

11,398

Male

9,644

1,466

11,110

Total

20,414

2,095

22,508

Table 2: Lawyers registered in Victoria at 1 January 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

10,256

1,949

12,205

Metro

7,789

123

7,912

Regional

1,359

17

1,376

Ballarat

143

2

145

Bendigo

124

124

Geelong

71

71

Interstate

133

133

Overseas

539

3

542

Total

20,414

2,094

22,508

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

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 1 January 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

5,620

Non-legal Employer

1,879

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,862

Law Firm

211

Government Employer

172

Community Legal Centre

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

37

Foreign Law Practice

19

Total

9,861

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 1 January 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  2,722  2,261 366 25 20 23  59  144  5,620
Non-Legal Employer

792

757

44

4

4

8

 80  190  1,879
Incorporated Legal Practice 681

852

173

19

17

8

 112  – 1,862
Government Employer

120

36

7

2

6  1  172
Law firm

110

60

24

3

1

1

 10  2  211
Community Legal Service

16

32

5

1

1

2

 4  –  61
Unincorporated Legal Practice

19

7

3

1

 7  –  37
Foreign Law Practice

4

7

1

 –  7  19
Total

4,464 

4,012

623

53

45

42

 278  344  9,861

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

 

Last modified January 22, 2019.