Practitioner statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Practitioner Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 31 January 2018.

General information

The total number of registered practitioners in the state of Victoria as at 31 January 2018 was 21,761. The number of new practitioners admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 January to 31 January 2018 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 2018 were male. Female practitioners continue to dominate the 20-30 and 31-40 age brackets, and 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

1,534

2,748

2,264

1,996

1,749

594

10,885

Female

2,695

4,126

2,383

1,175

427

70

10,876

Total

4,229

6,874

4,647

3,171

2,176

664

21,761

Table 1: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2018 by age and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by gender

The majority of legal practitioners registered in Victoria are classified as solicitors, with female solicitors now outnumbering female solicitors. Due to the gender disparity among barristers, male practitioners still outnumber female, but only by a small margin. Table 2 illustrates the number of male and female legal practitioners registered as solicitors or barristers in Victoria.

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

Male

9,429

1,456

10,885

Female

10,270

606

10,876

Total

19,699

2,062

21,761

Table 2: Practitioners registered in Victoria at 31 January 2018 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

10,018

1,945

11,963

Suburb

7,364

96

7,460

Country

1,608

14

1,622

Overseas

514

4

518

Interstate

195

3

198

Total

19,699

2,062

21,761

Table 3: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2018 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 31 January 2018 was 9,320. The vast majority of these were sole practitioners, followed by non-legal employers, as illustrated in the Table 4.

Type

Total

Sole Practitioner

5,427

Non-legal Employer

1,745

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,650

Law Firm

220

Government Employer

161

Community Legal Centre

62

Unincorporated Legal Practice

32

Foreign Law Practice

16

Total

9,313

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2018.

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

Sole Practitioner

2,619

2,165

404

65

152

5,405

Non-Legal Employer

728

715

50

71

191

1,755

Incorporated Legal Practice 608

772

183

106

0

1,669

Law Firm

115

63

30

9

2

219

Government Employer

114

34

7

5

1

161

Community Legal Service

20

31

7

4

0

62

Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

6

3

7

0

33

Foreign Law Practice

4

5

1

0

6

16

Total

4,225

3,791

685

267

352

9,320

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 31 January 2018 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified February 15, 2018.