Crime doesn't pay: Subdued criminal activity is causing firms to exit the industry

The Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys industry is made up of legal practitioners that specialise in representing clients for matters relating to criminal law, such as traffic violations, illicit drug offences and assault. Over the past five years, weak growth in criminal activity has constrained the industry's performance. However, an increase in illicit drugs, weapons and explosives offences has supported industry revenue. These cases are generally more complex than other crimes, such as traffic violations, meaning industry firms can charge higher fees. Similarly, higher revenue from complicated cases involving violence, such as homicide and sexual assault, is expected to further offset weak growth in criminal activity...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$496m
Annual Growth 13-18
1.8%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
2,261
Businesses
902
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite weak growth in criminal activity, industry players benefit from more complex cases
  • Industry operators usually receive larger fees from more complex and lengthy cases
  • Traffic offences are expected to decline due to government-funded campaigns and initiatives
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys industry has a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on wages, $0.03 is invested in capital. This is because the industry is highly labour-intensive due to its service-based nature. Lawyers are required to do large amounts of paperwork and research, and often need to communicate with clients face-to-face. In addition, strong analytical skills and a substantial amount of legal knowledge are required to build a case and adequately present it in court. The industry's minor capital expenditure generally relates to computer systems and other administrative tools, which are usually replaced every few years. Cap...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Experienced work force
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Level of criminal activity and Number of vehicle accident deaths in the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry?

    Industry firms primarily defend individuals and companies that have been charged with criminal conduct. The industry does not include public defenders, which are permanently employed by various jurisdictions.

    Industry Products
  • Defence for traffic offences
  • Defence for violent crimes and sexual offences
  • Defence for robbery, burglary, theft and fraud offences
  • Defence for public order and property damage
  • Defence for drug, weapons and explosives offences
  • Defence for other crimes
  • Industry Activities
  • Defence for robbery
  • Defence for violent crimes
  • Defence for traffic offences
  • Defence for public order offences
  • Defence for drug offences
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Level of criminal activity
  • Number of vehicle accident deaths
  • Level of social assistance
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Criminal activity
  • Other demand drivers
  • Industry characteristics
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Crime rates
  • Government initiatives and legislation
  • Access to justice
  • Table: Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Accounting Services
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Furniture, Appliance and Equipment Rental
  • Office Property Operators
  • Stationery Goods Retailing
  • Telecommunications Services

  • Products & Services
  • Defence for traffic offences
  • Defence for violent crimes and sexual offences
  • Defence for robbery, burglary, theft and fraud offences
  • Defence for drug, weapons and explosives offences
  • Defence for other crimes
  • Defence for public order and property damage
  • Chart: Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Males aged 30 years and over
  • Males under 30 years of age
  • Females aged 30 years and over
  • Females under 30 years of age
  • Organisations and other individuals
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Criminal Lawyers and Attorneys Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Barristers
  • Legal practitioners with the ability to represent clients in court.
  • Legal Aid
  • Government funded legal advice, proceedings or representation
  • Pro Bono
  • Work performed free of charge for clients who cannot afford legal representation.
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