Membership Statistics

Age and Gender

Lawyers by Age and Gender

Age Range Total Male %-M Female %-F
Age Range: Under 30 Total: 3,624 Male: 1,597 %-M: 3.1% Female: 2,027 %-F: 3.9%
Age Range: 30 - 39 Total: 13,831 Male: 6,489 %-M: 12.4% Female: 7,342 %-F: 14.1%
Age Range: 40 - 49 Total: 11,689 Male: 5,762 %-M: 11% Female: 5,927 %-F: 11.4%
Age Range: 50 - 65 Total: 14,823 Male: 9,143 %-M: 17.5% Female: 5,680 %-F: 10.9%
Age Range: Over Age 65 Total: 8,188 Male: 7,022 %-M: 13.5% Female: 1,166 %-F: 2.2%
Age Range: Total Total: 52,155 Male: 30,013 %-M: 57.5% Female: 22,142 %-F: 42.5%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2017
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include lawyers appointed to judicial office and lawyers whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2017

Paralegals by Age and Gender

Age Range Total Male %-M Female %-F
Age Range: Under 30 Total: 2,400 Male: 511 %-M: 5.9% Female: 1,889 %-F: 21.7%
Age Range: 30 - 39 Total: 2,274 Male: 628 %-M: 7.2% Female: 1,646 %-F: 18.9%
Age Range: 40 - 49 Total: 1,594 Male: 637 %-M: 7.3% Female: 957 %-F: 11%
Age Range: 50 - 65 Total: 2,030 Male: 1,025 %-M: 11.8% Female: 1,005 %-F: 11.5%
Age Range: Over Age 65 Total: 424 Male: 344 %-M: 3.9% Female: 80 %-F: 0.9%
Age Range: Total Total: 8,722 Male: 3,145 %-M: 36.1% Female: 5,577 %-F: 63.9%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2017
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include paralegals appointed to judicial office and paralegals whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2017

Geographical Distribution

Geographical Distribution of Lawyers

Geographic Area Total Male %-M Female %-F
Geographic Area: Metropolitan Toronto Total: 25,628 Male: 14,483 %-M: 27.8% Female: 11,145 %-F: 21.4%
Geographic Area: Ontario (excl. Metro Toronto) Total: 21,902 Male: 13,094 %-M: 25.1% Female: 8,808 %-F: 16.9%
Geographic Area: Canada (excl. Ontario) Total: 2,711 Male: 1,455 %-M: 2.8% Female: 1,256 %-F: 2.4%
Geographic Area: Outside Canada Total: 1,914 Male: 981 %-M: 1.9% Female: 933 %-F: 1.8%
Geographic Area: Total Total: 52,155 Male: 30,013 %-M: 57.5% Female: 22,142 %-F: 42.5%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2017
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include lawyers appointed to judicial office and lawyers whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2017

Geographical Distribution of Paralegals

Geographic Area Total Male %-M Female %-F
Geographic Area: Metropolitan Toronto Total: 3,285 Male: 1,151 %-M: 13.2% Female: 2,134 %-F: 24.5%
Geographic Area: Ontario (excl. Metro Toronto) Total: 5,297 Male: 1,945 %-M: 22.3% Female: 3,352 %-F: 38.4%
Geographic Area: Canada (excl. Ontario) Total: 109 Male: 34 %-M: 0.4% Female: 75 %-F: 0.9%
Geographic Area: Outside Canada Total: 31 Male: 15 %-M: 0.2% Female: 16 %-F: 0.2%
Geographic Area: Total Total: 8,722 Male: 3,145 %-M: 36.1% Female: 5,577 %-F: 63.9%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2017
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include paralegals appointed to judicial office and paralegals whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2017

Employment Type

Lawyers by Type of Employment

Type of Employment Total Male %-M Female %-F
Type of Employment: Sole Practitioner Total: 9,027 Male: 6,178 %-M: 15.3% Female: 2,849 %-F: 7.1%
Type of Employment: Partner Total: 6,921 Male: 5,206 %-M: 12.9% Female: 1,715 %-F: 4.2%
Type of Employment: Employee Total: 1,276 Male: 687 %-M: 1.7% Female: 589 %-F: 1.5%
Type of Employment: Associate Total: 7,590 Male: 4,010 %-M: 9.9% Female: 3,580 %-F: 8.9%
Type of Employment: Education Total: 564 Male: 235 %-M: 0.6% Female: 329 %-F: 0.8%
Type of Employment: Government Total: 5,813 Male: 2,400 %-M: 5.9% Female: 3,413 %-F: 8.4%
Type of Employment: In-House Total: 5,136 Male: 2,556 %-M: 6.3% Female: 2,580 %-F: 6.4%
Type of Employment: Legal Clinic Total: 560 Male: 179 %-M: 0.4% Female: 381 %-F: 0.9%
Type of Employment: Other Total: 3,519 Male: 1,800 %-M: 4.5% Female: 1,719 %-F: 4.3%
Type of Employment: Total Total: 40,406 Male: 23,251 %-M: 57.5% Female: 17,155 %-F: 42.5%

Paralegals by Type of Employment

Type of Employment Total Male %-M Female %-F
Type of Employment: Sole Practitioner Total: 1,662 Male: 1,020 %-M: 15% Female: 642 %-F: 9.4%
Type of Employment: Partner Total: 174 Male: 108 %-M: 1.6% Female: 66 %-F: 1.0%
Type of Employment: Employee Total: 814 Male: 281 %-M: 4.1% Female: 533 %-F: 7.8%
Type of Employment: Associate Total: 188 Male: 87 %-M: 1.3% Female: 101 %-F: 1.5%
Type of Employment: Education Total: 66 Male: 14 %-M: 0.2% Female: 52 %-F: 0.8%
Type of Employment: Government Total: 619 Male: 173 %-M: 2.5% Female: 446 %-F: 6.6%
Type of Employment: In-House Total: 401 Male: 182 %-M: 2.7% Female: 219 %-F: 3.2%
Type of Employment: Legal Clinic Total: 117 Male: 17 %-M: 0.3% Female: 100 %-F: 1.5%
Type of Employment: Other Total: 2,759 Male: 632 %-M: 9.3% Female: 2,127 %-F: 31.3%
Type of Employment: Total Total: 6,800 Male: 2,514 %-M: 37% Female: 4,286 %-F: 63%

Law Firms/Paralegal Firms

Law Firms by Size, and Number of Licensees by Size of Law Firm

Size Per Number of Licensees Firms %[a] Licensees %[b]
Size Per Number of Licensees: 1 lawyer Firms: 7,799 %[a]: 73.3% Licensees: 7,799 %[b]: 31.5%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 2 - 10 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 2,581 %[a]: 24.3% Licensees: 7,838 %[b]: 31.7%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 11 - 25 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 185 %[a]: 1.7% Licensees: 2,707 %[b]: 10.9%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 26 - 50 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 46 %[a]: 0.4% Licensees: 1,546 %[b]: 6.2%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 51+ lawyers/paralegals Firms: 32 %[a]: 0.3% Licensees: 4,867 %[b]: 19.7%
Size Per Number of Licensees: Total Firms: 10,643 %[a]: 100.0% Licensees: 24,757 %[b]: 100.0%

Notes:

  1. These statistics are based on law firms reported as a primary business for a licensee
  2. [a] % is based on total Firms
  3. [b] % is based on total Licensees
  4. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  5. Data as of December 31, 2017

Paralegal Firms by Size, and Number of Licensees by Size of Paralegal Firm

Size Per Number of Licensees Firms %[a] Licensees %[b]
Size Per Number of Licensees: 1 paralegal Firms: 1,572 %[a]: 88.3% Licensees: 1,572 %[b]: 73.3%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 2 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 125 %[a]: 7.0% Licensees: 215 %[b]: 10.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 3 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 40 %[a]: 2.2% Licensees: 102 %[b]: 4.8%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 4 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 20 %[a]: 1.1% Licensees: 70 %[b]: 3.3%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 5 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 7 %[a]: 0.4% Licensees: 27 %[b]: 1.3%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 6 - 10 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 11 %[a]: 0.6% Licensees: 64 %[b]: 3.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 11 - 25 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 5 %[a]: 0.3% Licensees: 53 %[b]: 2.5%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 26 - 50 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 1 %[a]: 0.1% Licensees: 42 %[b]: 2.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 51+ lawyers/paralegals Firms: 0 %[a]: 0.0% Licensees: 0 %[b]: 0.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: Total Firms: 1,781 %[a]: 100.0% Licensees: 2,145 %[b]: 100.0%

Notes:

  1. These statistics are based on paralegal firms reported as a primary business for a licensee
  2. [a] % is based on total Firms
  3. [b] % is based on total Licensees
  4. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  5. Data as of December 31, 2017

Snapshot: Lawyers

Race and Indigenous

Racialized & Indigenous by percentage of respondents

Race % of Respondents
First Nations % of Respondents: 1.0
Inuk % of Respondents: 0.02
Metis % of Respondents: 0.5
Arab % of Respondents: 0.9
Black % of Respondents: 3.2
Chinese % of Respondents: 3.4
East Asian (includes Japanese, Korean) % of Respondents: 1.3
Latino % of Respondents: 0.6
South Asian % of Respondents: 6.5
Southeast Asian % of Respondents: 0.7
West Asian % of Respondents: 1.1
More than one Racialized Group % of Respondents: 0.5
Racialized and White % of Respondents: 1.2
White % of Respondents: 79.2

Gender

  Total
Gender: Women Total: 43.8%
Gender: Men Total: 56.2%

Francophone

Identify as Francophone Total
Identify as Francophone: Yes Total: 5.2%
Identify as Francophone: No Total: 94.8%

Able to Practice in French

  Total
Able to Practice in French: Can Counsel and Represent Total: 8.8%
Able to Practice in French: Can Counsel But Not Represent Total: 5%
Able to Practice in French: Cannot Total: 86.2%

Disability

Have a Disability Total
Have a Disability: Yes Total: 3.6%
Have a Disability: No Total: 96.4%

Sexual Orientation

  Total
Sexual Orientation: LGBTQ Total: 3.5%
Sexual Orientation: Not LGBTQ Total: 96.5%

Snapshot: Paralegals

Race and Indigenous

Race % of Respondents
Race: First Nations % of Respondents: 1.1%
Race: Inuk % of Respondents: 0.0%
Race: Metis % of Respondents: 0.9%
Race: Arab % of Respondents: 1.4%
Race: Black % of Respondents: 7.2%
Race: Chinese % of Respondents: 5.5%
Race: East-Asian (includes Japanese, Korean) % of Respondents: 1.1%
Race: Latino % of Respondents: 3.6%
Race: South Asian % of Respondents: 9.4%
Race: Southeast Asian % of Respondents: 2.8%
Race: West Asian % of Respondents: 2.6%
Race: More than one Racialized Group % of Respondents: 0.8%
Race: Racialized and White % of Respondents: 1.1%
Race: White % of Respondents: 62.3%

Gender

Gender Total
Gender: Women Total: 63.1%
Gender: Men Total: 36.9%

Francophone

Francophone Total
Response: Yes Total: 2.9%
Response: No Total: 97.1%
Able to Practice in French Total
Response: Can Counsel and Represent Total: 3%
Response: Can Counsel But Not Represent Total: 1.3%
Response: Cannot Total: 95.7%

Disability

Have a Disability Total
Response: Yes Total: 5.8%
Response: No Total: 94.2%

Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation Total
Response: LGBTQ Total: 2.8%
Response: Not LGBTQ Total: 97.2%

Professional Regulation

Complaints Received

Year Number of Complaints
Year: 2017 Complaints: 4,737
Year: 2016 Complaints: 4,833
Year: 2015 Complaints: 4,647
Year: 2014 Complaints: 4,781
Year: 2013 Complaints: 5,040
Year: 2012 Complaints: 4,782
Year: 2011 Complaints: 4,867

Types of Allegations Raised in Complaints Received

Issue type % of complaints received
Type: Service Issues
(examples: fail to account, fail to communicate, fail to serve client )
Complaints: 44%
Type: Integrity Issues (examples: civility, couseling/behaving dishonourably) Complaints: 42%
Type: Governance Issues (examples: fail to cooperate with Law Society, Unauthorized Practice) Complaints: 18%
Type: Financial Issues (examples: mishandling trust accounts, misappropriation, real estate/mortgage schemes Complaints: 12%
Type: Special Applications (examples: capacity, good character) Complaints: 9%
Type: Conflicts (examples: licensee in position of conflict, business/financial relations with client) Complaints: 6%

Note: Figures total more than 100% because some complaints raise more than one issue.

Types of Allegations Raised in Complaints Received, by % of complaints received with issue type, by Year

Issue type 2017 2016 2015
Type: Service Issues
(examples: fail to account, fail to communicate, fail to serve client )
2017: 44% 2016: 50% 2015: 51%
Type: Integrity Issues (examples: civility, couseling/behaving dishonourably) 2017: 42% 2016: 46% 2015: 47%
Type: Governance Issues (examples: fail to cooperate with Law Society, Unauthorized Practice) 2017: 18% 2016: 17% 2015: 19%
Type: Financial Issues (examples: mishandling trust accounts, misappropriation, real estate/mortgage schemes 2017: 12% 2016: 11% 2015: 10%
Type: Special Applications (examples: capacity, good character) 2017: 9% 2016: 8% 2015: 8%
Type: Conflicts (examples: licensee in position of conflict, business/financial relations with client) 2017: 6% 2016: 7% 2015: 7%

Note: Figures total more than 100% because some complaints raise more than one issue.

Area of Law identified in the complaints received:

Area of Law 2017 2016 2015
Type: Civil Litigation 2017: 28% 2016: 29% 2015: 27%
Type: Family 2017: 14% 2016: 18% 2015: 17%
Type: Real Estate 2017: 22% 2016: 18% 2015: 16%
Type: Criminal 2017: 10% 2016: 11% 2015: 9%
Type: Administrative / Immigration 2017: 10% 2016: 10% 2015: 10%
Type: Estates 2017: 6% 2016: 9% 2015: 8%

Reasons Complaints Were Completed in 2017, Following an Investigation

Reason Percentage
Reason: Closed with Diversion* Percentage: 2%
Reason: Closed with Staff Caution or Best Practice Advice Percentage: 24%
Reason: Closed as Resolved Percentage: 2%
Reason: Closed as No / Insufficient Evidence to Warrant Further Regulatory Action Percentage: 36%
Reason: Other Staff Closings** Percentage: 22%
Reason: Transferred for Prosecution Percentage: 15%

* Regulatory Meeting, Invitation to Attend, Letter of Advice, practice / spot audit recommendation, undertaking
** Includes discontinued complaints and complaints outside the jurisdiction of the Law Society

New Mortgage Fraud and Unauthorized Practice (UAP) investigations

New investigations in 2017 Completed investigations in 2017 Inventory at the end of 2017
Mortgage Fraud New investigations in 2017: 15 investigations involving 23 complaints
(an average of 1.9 per month)
Completed investigations in 2017: 23 investigations involving 49 complaints Inventory at the end of 2017: 20 investigations involving 28 complaints
(down from 34 investigations involving 57 complaints at the beginning of 2017)
UAP New investigations in 2017: 45 complaints
(a 70% decrease from 2015 (150) and a 55% decrease from 2016 (101))
Completed investigations in 2017: 93 complaints Inventory at the end of 2017: 55 complaints
(a decrease of 44% from the inventory at the beginning of 2017)

Notices Issued by the Discipline department in 2017:

Notices Issued 2015 2016 2017
Type: Notices of Application (conduct & capacity) 2015: 117 2016: 127 2017: 116
Type: Notices of Referral for Hearing (licensing [good character], reinstatement, terms dispute, restitution) 2015: 11 2016: 16 2017: 23
Type: Notices of Motion for Interlocutory Suspension / Restriction 2015: 14 2016: 25 2017: 21
Type: TOTAL 2015: 142 2016: 168 2017: 160

Types of allegations raised in the Notices issued in 2017:

Issue type % of Notices Issued in 2017
Service Issues (examples: fail to account, fail to communicate, fail to serve client ) 2017: 34%
Integrity Issues (examples: civility, counseling/behaving dishonourably) 2017: 41%
Governance Issues (examples: fail to cooperate with Law Society, Unauthorized Practice) 2017: 43%
Financial Issues (examples: mishandling trust accounts, misappropriation, real estate/mortgage schemes) 2017: 35%
Special Applications (examples: capacity, good character) 2017: 19%
Conflicts (examples: licensee in position of conflict, business/financial relations with client) 2017: 6%

Figures total more than 100% because some complaints/cases raise more than one issue.

Final orders rendered by the Hearing Division, by year

Matters Disposed of by the Hearing Division Lawyers Paralegals
2015 2016 2017 2015 2016 Paralegals: 2017
Conduct Total Lawyers 2015: 77 Lawyers 2016: 94 Lawyers 2017: 89 Paralegals 2015: 23 Paralegals 2016: 21 Paralegals 2017: 33
Conduct: Reprimand Lawyers 2015: 16 Lawyers 2016: 18 Lawyers 2017: 22 Paralegals 2015: 2 Paralegals 2016: 0 Paralegals 2017: 3
Conduct: Suspension Lawyers 2015: 30 Lawyers 2016: 39 Lawyers 2017: 42 Paralegals 2015: 13 Paralegals 2016: 16 Paralegals 2017: 23
Conduct: Permission to surrender Lawyers 2015: 8 Lawyers 2016: 9 Lawyers 2017: 4 Paralegals 2015: 3 Paralegals 2016: 1 Paralegals 2017: 2
Revocation Lawyers 2015: 14 Lawyers 2016: 9 Lawyers 2017: 10 Paralegals 2015: 2 Paralegals 2016: 2 Paralegals 2017: 4
Conduct: Fine Lawyers 2015: 0 Lawyers 2016: 0 Lawyers 2017: 1 Paralegals 2015: 1 Paralegals 2016: 0 Paralegals 2017: 0
Conduct: Costs only Lawyers 2015: 0 Lawyers 2016: 1 Lawyers 2017: 0 Paralegals 2015: 0 Paralegals 2016: 0 Paralegals 2017: 0
Conduct: Dismissed / stayed Lawyers 2015: 4 Lawyers 2016: 5 Lawyers 2017: 6 Paralegals 2015: 0 Paralegals 2016: 2 Paralegals 2017: 0
Conduct: Withdrawn /abandoned Lawyers 2015: 5 Lawyers 2016: 13 Lawyers 2017: 4 Paralegals 2015: 2 Paralegals 2016: 0 Paralegals 2017: 1
Interlocutory suspension / restriction Lawyers 2015: 7 Lawyers 2016: 27 Lawyers 2017: 20 Paralegals 2015: 3 Paralegals 2016: 3 Paralegals 2017: 6
Capacity Lawyers 2015: 3 Lawyers 2016: 5 Lawyers 2017: 3 Paralegals 2015: 0 Paralegals 2016: 0 Paralegals 2017: 2
Non-compliance Lawyers 2015: 1* Lawyers 2016: 1 Lawyers 2017: 0 Paralegals 2015: 0 Paralegals 2016: 0 Paralegals 2017: 0
Reinstatement/Terms Dispute Lawyers 2015: 3 Lawyers 2016: 2 Lawyers 2017: 2 Paralegals 2015: 1 Paralegals 2016: 1 Paralegals 2017: 1
Licensing (including readmission) Lawyers 2015: 2 Lawyers 2016: 4 Lawyers 2017: 3 Paralegals 2015: 4 Paralegals 2016: 7 Paralegals 2017: 5
TOTALS Lawyers 2015: 120 Lawyers 2016: 96 Lawyers 2017: 117 Paralegals 2015: 31 Paralegals 2016: 32 Paralegals 2017: 47
2015 128
2016 152
2017 164

*There was one hearing in which a conduct application and a non-compliance application were heard together. Both are included in the totals for lawyer conduct and lawyer non-compliance categories. However, the matter is only counted once in the total numbers and the suspension is reflected in the conduct statistics

Outcomes of mortgage fraud prosecutions in 2017 and since 2001

Outcome Results for Completions in 2017 Results since 2001
Outcome: Lawyer's licence revoked (disbarred) Results for Completions in 2017: 2 Results since 2001: 48
Outcome: Lawyer permitted to surrender licence Results for Completions in 2017: 0 Results since 2001: 20
Outcome: Lawyer suspended Results for Completions in 2017: 2 Results since 2001: 58
Outcome: Other lesser penalty (e.g. reprimand, fine) Results for Completions in 2017: 0 Results since 2001: 2
Outcome: Totals Results for Completions in 2017: 4 Results since 2001: 128

Appeals and applications for judicial reviews in 2017:

Law Society Tribunal - Appeal Division Divisional Court Court of Appeal for Ontario Supreme Court of Canada
Matters commenced Law Society Tribunal - Appeal Division: 13 appeals Divisional Court: 4 appeals;
2 judicial reviews
Court of Appeal for Ontario: 2 motions for leave to appeal Supreme Court of Canada: 1 motion for leave to appeal
Matters completed Law Society Tribunal - Appeal Division: 13 appeals Divisional Court: 3 appeals;
4 judicial reviews
Court of Appeal for Ontario: 3 motions for leave to appeal;
1 motion for reviews of leave to appeal motions
Supreme Court of Canada: 1 motion for leave to appeal
Matters active as at December 31, 2017 Law Society Tribunal - Appeal Division: 15 appeals Divisional Court: 4 appeals;
1 judicial review
Court of Appeal for Ontario: 1 application for leave to appeal Supreme Court of Canada: 2 motions for leave to appeal;
1 appeal

Licensing Statistics

Lawyers issued a licence in 2017

Gender Number
Gender: Male Number: 1,052
Gender: Female Number: 1,139

Total licensed 2,191

Paralegals issued a licence in 2017

Gender Number
Gender: Male Number: 271
Gender: Female Number: 782

Total licensed 1 053

Lawyer enrolment in the Licensing Process by equity-seeking group

Year Women % * Racialized communities % * † Francophones % * † Indigenous People % * †
Year: 2017 Woman: 54.13 Racialized communities : 23.23 Francophone: 5.71 Indigenous People: 1.26
Year: 2016 Woman: 55.86 Racialized communities : 22.2 Francophone: 5.39 Indigenous People: 1.74
Year: 2015 Woman: 50.1 Racialized communities : 20.4 Francophone: 6.3 Indigenous People: 1.67
Year: 2014 Woman: 51.9 Racialized communities : 23.8 Francophone: 6 Indigenous People: 1.4
Year: 2013 Woman: 53 Racialized communities : 23 Francophone: 4 Indigenous People: 2.6

* Based on applications for candidates who entered the licensing process in 2012 through 2016.
† Percentages obtained from applications for the licensing process in 2012 through 2016, in which applicants voluntarily self-identified.

Paralegal enrolment in the Licensing Process by equity-seeking group

Year Women % * Racialized communities % * † Francophones % * † Indigenous People % * †
Year: 2017 Woman: 72.16 Racialized communities : 16.99 Francophone: 1.7 Indigenous People: 1.62
Year: 2016 Woman: 73.75 Racialized communities : 18.09 Francophone: 3.16 Indigenous People: 1.54
Year: 2015 Woman: 72.9 Racialized communities : 14.2 Francophone: 2.48 Indigenous People: 0.69
Year: 2014 Woman: 71.89 Racialized communities : 20.1 Francophone: 2 Indigenous People: 3.25
Year: 2013 Woman: 70.8 Racialized communities : 21.3 Francophone: 2 Indigenous People: 3.25

* Based on applications for candidates who entered the licensing process in 2013 through 2017.
† Percentages obtained from applications for the licensing process in 2013 through 2017, in which applicants voluntarily self-identified.

Lawyers licensed, by gender

Year Total licensed Female % of Total-F Male % of Total-M
Year: 2017 Total: 2,191 Femle: 1,139 %-F: 51.99% Male: 1,052 %-M: 48.01%
Year: 2016 Total: 2,188 Femle: 1,148 %-F: 52.47% Male: 1,040 %-M: 47.53%
Year: 2015 Total: 2,201 Femle: 1,129 %-F: 51.3% Male: 1,072 %-M: 48.7%
Year: 2014 Total: 1,984 Femle: 1,049 %-F: 52.9% Male: 935 %-M: 47.1%
Year: 2013 Total: 1,994 Femle: 989 %-F: 49.6% Male: 1,005 %-M: 50.4%

Paralegals licensed, by gender

Year Total licensed Female % of Total-F Male % of Total-M
Year: 2017 Total: 1,053 Femle: 782 %-F: 74.26% Male: 271 %-M: 25.74%
Year: 2016 Total: 994 Femle: 728 %-F: 73.24% Male: 266 %-M: 26.76%
Year: 2015 Total: 1,372 Femle: 980 %-F: 71.4% Male: 392 %-M: 28.6%
Year: 2014 Total: 1,154 Femle: 790 %-F: 68.5% Male: 364 %-M: 31.5%
Year: 2013 Total: 1,344 Femle: 902 %-F: 67.1% Male: 442 %-M: 32.8%

Law Society Referral Service

LSRS Referrals to Lawyers and Paralegals

Licensee Type Referrals
Lawyer Referrals: 41,159
Paralegal Referrals: 4,444
Total Referrals: 45,603

LSRS Referrals by Area of Law: Lawyers

Area of Law Referrals
Administrative Law Referrals: 8%
Business Law Referrals: 5%
Civil Litigation Referrals: 33%
Criminal Law Referrals: 9%
Estates Law Referrals: 8%
Family Law Referrals: 19%
Labour & Employment Referrals: 13%
Real Estate Law Referrals: 5%

LSRS Referrals by Area of Legal Services: Paralegals

Area of Legal Services Referrals
Administrative Law Referrals: 33%
Civil Litigation Referrals: 46%
Criminal Law Referrals: 21%

LSRS Members by Geographical Region: Lawyers

Region Lawyers as at Dec 31, 2017
Central East Lawyers: 154
Central South Lawyers: 93
Central West Lawyers: 155
East Lawyers: 132
Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers: 511
Northeast Lawyers: 13
Northwest Lawyers: 4
Southwest Lawyers: 45
Total Lawyers: 1,107

LSRS Members by Geographical Region: Paralegals

Region Paralegals as at Dec 31, 2017
Central East Lawyers: 27
Central South Lawyers: 22
Central West Lawyers: 31
East Lawyers: 9
Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers: 40
Northeast Lawyers: 3
Northwest Lawyers: 0
Southwest Lawyers: 9
Total Lawyers: 141

Discipline Prosecutions and Appeals

Notices Issued 2015 2016 2017
Notices of Application (conduct & capacity) 2015: 117 2016: 127 2017: 116
Notices of Referral for Hearing (licensing [good character], reinstatement, terms dispute, restitution) 2015: 11 2016: 16 2017: 23
Notices of Motion for Interlocutory Suspension / Restriction 2015: 14 2016: 25 2017: 21
TOTAL 2015: 142 2016: 168 2017: 160
Issue type % of Notices Issued in 2017
Service Issues (examples: fail to account, fail to communicate, fail to serve client ) 2017: 34%
Integrity Issues (examples: civility, couseling/behaving dishonourably) 2017: 41%
Governance Issues (examples: fail to cooperate with Law Society, Unauthorized Practice) 2017: 43%
Financial Issues (examples: mishandling trust accounts, misappropriation, real estate/mortgage schemes) 2017: 35%
Special Applications (examples: capacity, good character) 2017: 19%
Conflicts (examples: licensee in position of conflict, business/financial relations with client) 2017 6%

Figures total more than 100% because some complaints/cases raise more than one issue.