The Norwegian legal profession 2014
Findings from TNS Gallup’s and Saga Advisor’s Business Sector Survey for 2014 – based on data from 2013.
The legal profession
- The total market for legal services was NOK 14,201 million. The growth in value has been stable for ten years – at 8% in average per year.
- The profession employs a total of 8,370 persons, 6,984 of whom are lawyers and/or associates.
- The number of law firms is 1,705 firms – down from 1,800 in 2011.
- Is NOK 1,254 on average for firms that mainly work with private clients.
- Is NOK 1,403 on average for firms that work primarily with business clients.
- An annual price increase in the hourly rate of 3.5% over the last two years – on level with other relevant economic categories.
Public-sector salary rate
- Was a little over 67% of the average invoiced hourly rate in 2013.
- Has risen by 19.6% since 2005. The average invoiced hourly rate has risen by 32.4% over the same period.
The differences in the profession increase
- The average income is 150% higher for partners in law firms with more than 50 lawyers than for partners in smaller firms.
- The average income is 80% higher for lawyers who work primarily with business clients than for lawyers who work primarily with private clients.
- The average hourly rate is 74% higher in law firms with more than 50 lawyers than in firms with fewer than six lawyers.
- The market share for the 25 largest law firms has increased by more than 40% over the last ten years.
Working hours and income
- The average income is slightly less than NOK 1.3 million for all lawyers and associates.
- The average income is between NOK 500,000 and NOK 1 million for 52% of the lawyers and less than NOK 500,000 for 10% of the lawyers.
- About half of all male lawyers had an income of less than NOK 1 million in 2013, and likewise for 83% of the women.
- The average number of working hours is 37.3 hours across genders and job categories – down from 40.3 hours in 2012 and 42 hours in 2010.
- 37% of the members of the Norwegian Bar Association are women.
- 60% of the associates are women.
- Of the 432 licences to practice issued in 2013, 243 were to women and 189 were to men.
 Data taken from Statistics Norway (SSB)