Practitioner statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Practitioner Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 31 January 2017.

General information

The total number of registered practitioners in the state of Victoria as at 31 January 2017 was 20,747. The number of new practitioners admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 January to 31 January 2017 was 0.

Practitioner statistics

Practitioners by age and gender

As with the previous reporting year, the majority of legal practitioners registered in Victoria at 31 January 2017 were male. Female practitioners continue to dominate the 20-30 and 31-40 age brackets, and have almost reached parity with male practitioners in the 41-50 age bracket, but are significantly under represented in the 51-60 and older age brackets.

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

Age in Years

20-30

31-40

41-50

51-60

61-70

>70

Total

Male

1,485

2,611

2,214

2,063

1,721

513

10,607

Female

2,536

3,827

2,227

1,107

384

59

10,140

Total

4,021

6,438

4,441

3,170

2,105

572

20,747

Table 1: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2017 by age and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by gender

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

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

Male

9,154

1,453

10,607

Female

9,552

578

10,140

Total

18,716

2,031

20,747

Table 2: Practitioners registered in Victoria at 31 January 2017 by practitioner type and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by location

As evidenced in Table 3, the majority of legal practitioners are based in the Melbourne area.

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

City

9,656

1,958

11,614

Suburb

6,885

58

6,943

Country

1,520

10

1,530

Overseas

482

3

485

Interstate

173

2

175

Total

18,716

2,031

20,747

Table 3: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2017 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 31 January 2017 was 9,089. The vast majority of these were sole practitioners, followed by non-legal employers, as illustrated in the Table 4.

Type

Total

Sole Practitioner

5,460

Non-legal Employer

1,645

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,473

Law Firm

240

Government Employer

152

Community Legal Centre

62

Unincorporated Legal Practice

30

Foreign Law Practice

27

Total

9,089

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2017.

Entity types by location

Table 5 shows the majority of entities registered in Victoria are sole practitioners who work in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Type

City

Suburb

Country

Interstate

Overseas

Total

Community Legal Centre

19

32

7

3

1

62

Government Employer

109

31

7

4

1

152

Incorporated Legal Practice 536

690

165

82

0

1,473

Law Firm

118

66

32

11

13

240

Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

5

3

5

0

30

Non-Legal Employer

683

659

44

66

193

1,645

Sole Practitioner

2,605

2,200

399

60

196

5,460

Foreign Law Practice

5

7

0

0

15

27

Total

4,092

3,690

657

231

419

9,089

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2017 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified February 27, 2017.