Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Workers, households and individuals across Australia are exposed to numerous risks, with a seemingly endless number of incidents and transactions occurring annually that require the services of a legal practitioner. While personal injury represents a significant contributor to industry revenue, other major industry services include property law and family law. As the households' demand for legal services are typically unaffected by economic conditions, industry revenue was not greatly affected by the global financial crisis. Over the five years through 2013-14, industry revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.0%, to reach $6.5 billion in 2013-14, including estimated growth of 3.1% in the current year... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Principle barriers to entry in the industry are education and capital. To enter the industry as sole practitioner potential entrants need to satisfy the requirements for admission to their state or territory law society. To gain admission to legal practice prospective lawyers need to complete an accredited law degree and study subject areas required for admission. Candidates then need to complete an accredited program of practical training and satisfy character requirements (depending on the jurisdiction).
These stringent requirements with respect to education mean that access to appropriately trained staff is a barrier to entry for entrants looking to establish larger firms... purchase to read more