Practitioner statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Practitioner Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 30 April 2017.

General information

The total number of registered practitioners in the state of Victoria as at 30 April 2017 was 21,187. The number of new practitioners admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 April to 30 April 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 30 April 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

1,508

2,653

2,237

2,052

1,744

540

10,734

Female

2,601

3,952

2,309

1,125

400

66

10,453

Total

4,109

6,605

4,546

3,177

2,114

606

21,187

Table 1: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 30 April 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

9,283

1,451

10,734

Female

9,870

583

10,453

Total

19,153

2,034

21,187

Table 2: Practitioners registered in Victoria at 30 April 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

9,798

1,926

11,724

Suburb

7,088

85

7,173

Country

1,556

14

1,570

Overseas

514

5

519

Interstate

198

3

201

Total

19,154

2,033

21,187

Table 3: Practitioners registered in Victoria as at 30 April 2017 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 30 April 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

5,446

Non-legal Employer

1,660

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,498

Law Firm

233

Government Employer

156

Community Legal Centre

62

Unincorporated Legal Practice

30

Foreign Law Practice

16

Total

9,101

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 30 April 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

4

1

156

Incorporated Legal Practice 542

701

167

88

0

1,498

Law Firm

121

65

33

10

4

233

Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

5

3

5

0

30

Non-Legal Employer

683

671

46

69

191

1,660

Sole Practitioner

2,624

2,1880

397

61

176

5,446

Foreign Law Practice

4

6

0

0

6

16

Total

4,123

3,699

660

240

479

9,101

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 30 April 2017 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified June 19, 2017.