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2016 Statistical Snapshot now online

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Results from the 2016 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

The numbers are mainly based on the 1,916 Annual Lawyer Reports filed for June 30, 2016. The new statistics show that the membership includes 1,934 practising lawyers and 878 non-practising lawyers (including retired members).

Key among the findings is the continuing aging of the lawyer population in Nova Scotia. A decade ago in 2006, 24.5 per cent of the total practising membership had been called to the Bar more than 27 years prior. In 2016, that group now comprises almost 30 per cent of practising lawyers – and 50 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 2016, nearly 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 2016, the number of lawyers identifying their employment type in this way has grown by 21 per cent (from 417 to 502 lawyers). The number of associates and sole practitioners has increased about 10 per cent over the same time period, while the number of partners has decreased by 10 per cent. 

See the Statistical Snapshot page for more information from the past seven years regarding geographic distribution, gender and diversity data, areas of practice, and more. Further details are also available in the Annual Lawyer Report – 2016 Analysis memo in the documents for the Council meeting on September 23, 2016.