National Profile of Solicitors Report Released

The Conference of Law Societies recently released its 2018 National Profile of Solicitors, which provides a detailed picture of what the modern legal profession looks like and how it is changing. The report builds on similar surveys conducted in 2011, 2014, and 2016.

Some key takeaways from the profile are:

  • SA is one of the slowest growing professions, recording 1% growth since 2016.
  • Female solicitors outnumber males 53% to 47% in SA. Females significantly outnumber men in the Government and corporate sectors, while men slightly outnumber women in private practice. 
  • Since 2011, there has been a 20% increase in female lawyers in SA, and a 5% decrease in male lawyers. 
  • The average age of a South Australian legal practitioner is 43, slightly older than the average national age of 42.
  • In SA, 68% of practitioners were in private practice, 18% in the Government sector and 9% in the corporate sector.
  • 71% of the profession is working in the city, 21% based in the suburbs and 5% in regional or rural locations. There has been a 35% drop in the number of country practitioners since 2016.
  • Only 1% of SA firms have 40 or more practitioners and 44% of firms are sole practices. 
Read a more detailed summary of the 2018 National Profile of Solicitors.