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There was one lawyer for every 170 people in Israel in 2010 – compared to one
lawyer for every 295 people in the US, and a one for every 580 people in
Germany, according to a report by business ranking firm BDI-COFACE published on
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Last year saw 6.5 percent growth in the number of lawyers
compared to 2009, with roughly 45,000 lawyers in the country.
found that even though 50% of lawyers internationally are female, women make up
only 25% of partners in law firms. Women head only 10% of the law firms
The growth in the number of lawyers was accompanied with a
growth in the number of judges. According to the report, 2010 saw 3% growth in
the number of judges; the number of court cases grew by 4%.
increase in the number of lawyers – 7.5% – took place in the top 10 law firms of
The growth rate in the top 100 law firms stood at 5%. For
both groups of firms the majority of the growth was in the number of junior
lawyers, not in the number of partners – an indication that work volumes
However, fewer people were promoted to senior
BDI’s ranking – based on a firm’s size, clientele and special
projects – found that, as in previous years, the law firm Herzog-Fuchs Neeman
was ranked in first place. The firm employs 120 associates and 64 partners,
maintaining its lead in the industry by being involved in the most important
mergers and acquisitions.
Second and third places also remained the same,
with the Goldfarb, Levy, Eran, Meiri, Tzafrir & Co. law firm employing 99
associates and 40 partners in second; and Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem
Brandwein employing 96 lawyers and 37 partners, in third.
Because of the
unique nature of the ranking, small and medium-sized law firms also managed to
reach high places on the list – with companies like Caspi & Co., which
employs 31 people in 13th place, and Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky, Tsafrir,
Toledano & Co., which employs 35 people, in 19th place.