Female legal practitioners numerically dominate the legal profession in Australia, according to the recently published 2020 National Profile of Solicitors. This is not surprising, given the significantly higher number of females enrolling in law degrees over the last decade.

What is surprising, however, is that the data revealed the vast majority of legal practitioners work in sole practices. Across Australia, 82 per cent of practitioners are either sole practitioners or work in practices with one principal. That statistic is even more startling in Victoria where 87 per cent of practitioners work in solo practices, closely followed by South Australia which has 86 per cent of its lawyers operating as ‘one-man bands’...

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