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 May 2017 was 21,187. The number of new practitioners admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 May to 31 May 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 May 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

1,533

2,676

2,254

2,053

1,753

548

10,817

Female

2,624

4,026

2,322

1,134

407

67

10,580

Total

4,157

6,702

4,576

3,187

2,160

615

21,397

Table 1: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 31 May 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

9,346

1,471

10,817

Female

9,978

602

10,580

Total

19,324

2,073

21,397

Table 2: Practitioners registered in Victoria at 31 May 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

9,874

1,954

11,828

Suburb

7,159

94

7,253

Country

1,568

16

1,584

Overseas

517

5

522

Interstate

206

4

210

Total

19,324

2,073

21,397

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

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 31 May 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

5,420

Non-legal Employer

1,672

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,509

Law Firm

233

Government Employer

157

Community Legal Centre

62

Unincorporated Legal Practice

30

Foreign Law Practice

16

Total

9,099

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

113

31

7

5

1

157

Incorporated Legal Practice 546

706

168

89

0

1,509

Law Firm

121

65

33

10

4

233

Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

5

3

5

0

30

Non-Legal Employer

689

676

46

70

191

1,672

Sole Practitioner

2,604

2,184

397

62

173

5,420

Foreign Law Practice

4

6

0

0

6

16

Total

4,113

3,705

661

244

376

9,099

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

 

Last modified June 27, 2017.