The 2016 National Profile of the Profession report has just been released and has revealed a national gender split of 50.1 per cent female lawyers to 49.9 per cent male for the first time in Australian history.
Growth in employment in small firms
Over the two year period 2014-2016, employment growth in large firms (40+ partners) was just 1.4%. Between 2011 and 2016 employment growth was 12.1%.
From 2011 to 2016, employment growth in firms with 2-4 partners was 23.1 per cent, firms with 5-10 partners increased by 19.4 per cent, and sole practitioners grew by 17.5 per cent.