Practitioner statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Practitioner Statistics

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

General information

The total number of registered practitioners in the state of Victoria as at 31 August 2017 was 21,187. The number of new practitioners admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 August to 31 August 2017 was 124.

Practitioner statistics

Practitioners by age and gender

As with the previous reporting year, the majority of legal practitioners registered in Victoria at 31 August 2017 were male. Female practitioners continue to dominate the 20-30 and 31-40 age brackets, and for the first time now dominate the 41-50 age bracket. Female lawyers 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

1,474

2,637

2,206

2,002

1,714

528

10,561

Female

2,560

3,940

2,289

1,117

403

63

10,372

Total

4,034

6,577

4,495

3,119

2,117

591

20,933

Table 1: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 31 August 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

9,113

1,448

10,561

Female

9,781

591

10,372

Total

18,894

2,039

20,933

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

Solicitors and barristers by location

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

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

City

9,684

1,923

11,607

Suburb

7,008

93

7,101

Country

1,537

15

1,552

Overseas

494

4

498

Interstate

171

4

175

Total

18,894

2,039

20,933

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

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 31 August 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

5,393

Non-legal Employer

1,714

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,589

Law Firm

223

Government Employer

160

Community Legal Centre

62

Unincorporated Legal Practice

31

Foreign Law Practice

17

Total

9,189

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 31 August 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

20

31

7

4

0

62

Government Employer

114

33

7

5

1

160

Incorporated Legal Practice 584

729

180

96

0

1,589

Law Firm

117

64

31

9

2

223

Unincorporated Legal Practice

16

6

3

6

0

31

Non-Legal Employer

710

694

50

69

191

1,714

Sole Practitioner

2,599

2,169

395

66

164

5,393

Foreign Law Practice

4

6

1

0

6

17

Total

4,164

3,732

674

255

364

9,189

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

 

Last modified September 8, 2017.