Holding court: The ageing population will boost demand for wills and estate services

Legal practitioners in the Personal Legal Services industry service individuals and households across Australia. The industry's primary services relate to personal injury law, family law and property law. However, class action lawsuits have also increased in popularity over the past five years. Although several large law firms are recognised for their personal injury and class action services, sole proprietors and small firms that employ less than 20 people dominate the industry. A rise in the mortality rate and the number of divorces has supported the industry over the past five years, increasing demand for services relating to family law and wills, estates and probates. As a result, industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 1.4%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Internal and external competitive conditions have increased over the past five years
  • Class actions are often highly profitable, due to their complex and lengthy nature
  • Increasing consumer awareness of the industry’s largest firms is expected to support revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Personal Legal Services industry provides a range of legal advice to individuals in areas including property law, family disputes and personal injury cases. Industry revenue has increased over the past five years, driven by growth in more affordable segments such as alternative dispute resolution, a rise in the mortality rate and an increase in the number of divorces. Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 1.4% over the five years through 2018-19, to total $6.8 billion. This trend includes an anticipated increase of 2.2% in the current year.Industry demandIndustry firms derive revenue from several different areas of law, with the largest service segments relating to property, personal injury and family law. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Personal Legal Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Personal Legal Services are:

  • Access to niche markets
  • Having a high prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of vehicle accident deaths and Work accident rate per 1,000 employees in the Personal Legal Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Personal Legal Services Industry?

    Legal practitioners in the Personal Legal Services industry (i.e. lawyers or attorneys) advise and represent individuals. Significant areas of practice include matters of personal injury law, family law, property law, class actions and wills and probates.

    Industry Products
  • Property law
  • Wills, probate and estate
  • Family law
  • Personal injury law
  • Other personal legal services
  • Class actions
  • Industry Activities
  • Litigation services
  • Barrister services
  • Alternative dispute resolution services
  • Property law services
  • Family law services
  • Class action services
  • Personal injury law services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of vehicle accident deaths
  • Work accident rate per 1,000 employees
  • Number of divorces
  • Number of deaths
  • Number of housing transfers

  • Current Performance
  • Industry demand
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Class actions
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand outlook
  • Challenges
  • Table: Personal Legal Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Personal Legal Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Advertising Services
  • Computer and Electronic Equipment Repair
  • Office Property Operators

  • Products & Services
  • Property law
  • Personal injury law
  • Family law
  • Class actions
  • Wills, probate and estate
  • Other personal legal services
  • Chart: Personal Legal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals aged over 55
  • Individuals aged between 35 and 55
  • Individuals aged under 35
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Personal Legal Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Marketing
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Personal Legal Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Personal Legal Services 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 Personal Legal Services 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 Personal Legal Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A lawyer who specialises in representing clients in court.
  • Conveyancing
  • Legal work relating to the transfer of ownership of real estate.
  • Plaintiff
  • A person who initiates litigation through filing a complaint.
  • Solicitor
  • A lawyer who represents clients in a range of legal matters, but who generally briefs barristers when complex advocacy work is required.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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