Queensland Law Society

Legal profession’s changing face

Queensland Law Society’s 2013-14 annual report results have uncovered some significant facts about the makeup of the state’s legal profession and factors affecting practice.

President Ian Brown said the report showed Queensland had reached the tipping point regarding the gender and age of solicitors.

“We now have 5025 female solicitors, up by 6.7% on 2012-13’s figure and at this rate, we predict the number of women to outnumber men in 2-3 years’ time,” Mr Brown said.

“For the first time, the majority of male solicitors are Gen Xers, indicating increasing numbers of Baby Boomers are retiring.

”This demographic shift is likely to accelerate the changes to legal practice already being experienced, particularly the increased use of technology.

“These are interesting changes in the profession’s demographic profile from which we expect a greater focus on flexible working arrangements, resilience, technological innovation and preparation for the step up into senior management roles.”

Queensland Law Society’s 2013-14 annual report can be downloaded at qls.com.au/annual-report-2013-14.