2014 Statistical Snapshot now online

Results from the 2014 Annual Lawyer Reports have been tabulated, and the new Statistical Snapshot is now online. For easy reference anytime, it’s located under About us on the homepage at nsbs.org.

The numbers are based on the 1,922 Annual Lawyer Reports filed for 2014 (by comparison, 1,871 ALRs were filed for 2013). The new statistics show that the membership includes 1,951 practising lawyers, and 835 non-practising lawyers (including retired members).

Key among the findings is the continuing aging of the lawyer population in Nova Scotia. In 2006, 24.5 per cent of the total practising membership had been called to the Bar more than 27 years prior. In 2014, that group now comprises more than 30 per cent of practising lawyers – and 51 per cent of sole practitioners. In 2006, just under 50 per cent of practising lawyers had spent 17 or more years at the Bar, while in 2014, just over 53 per cent are in that group.

Another trend that has continued to emerge is growth in the number of lawyers identifying their employment type as “Government or Public Sector”. From 2006 to 2014, the number of lawyers identifying their employment type in this way has grown by 20.1 per cent (from 417 to 501 lawyers).

See the Statistical Snapshot page for more information from the past six years regarding geographic distribution, gender and diversity data, areas of practice, and more.

For a more detailed analysis of the numbers, see the 2014 Annual Lawyer Report memo among documents for the September 19 meeting of Council, located on the Council materials page at nsbs.org/council-materials.