2015 Statistical Snapshot now available

Results from the 2015 Annual Lawyer Reports have been tabulated, and the Society's 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 1,911 Annual Lawyer Reports filed for 2015 (by comparison, 1,922 ALRs were filed for 2014). The new statistics show that the membership (as of June 30, 2015) includes 1,911 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 2015, that group now comprises more than 30 per cent of practising lawyers (30.3%) – and almost 52 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 2015, just over 53 per cent are now in that group.

Another trend that continues to emerge is growth in the number of lawyers identifying their employment type as “Government or Public Sector”. From 2006 to 2015, the number of lawyers identifying their employment type in this way has grown by 21.5 per cent (from 417 to 507 lawyers).

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