Australasian Legal Industry Research

ALPMA conducts a range of legal industry research, aligned with our practice management learning and development framework, to help members benchmark their firm against others and understand current legal industry trends, issues, performance and best practice. 

Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

The ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey provides a comprehensive review of salaries paid across more than 65 positions at legal firms in Australia and New Zealand, and reveals the hottest HR issues and challenges for the legal profession.  Results are analysed by firm size and geographic location to enable members to benchmark their compensation strategy against similar firms.  The survey is undertaken each year in Australia and New Zealand in February with results available in March/April.

Find out more about the ALPMA Legal Industry Salary & HR Issues Survey

Legal Industry Financial Benchmarking Survey

The ALPMA/Crowe Horwath Legal Industry Financial Performance Benchmarking Study enable Australian and New Zealand law firms to compare the financial health of their practices using Crowe Horwath’s proprietary benchmarking tool, Open Measures. The benchmarking tool highlights eight key financial indicators of practice health and results can be compared across a number of filters including fee revenue and work type. 

Find out more about the  ALPMA/Crowe Horwath Australian and New Zealand Financial Performance Benchmarking Study

The Impact of the Changing Legal Landscape on Australasian Law Firms

ALPMA conducts annual research to track the impact of the changing legal landscape on Australasian law firms and law firms' plans to address these challenges in conjunction with the Principal Summit partner. The research investigates the changes that are impacting Australasian legal firms today, how firms have responded to date, what firms plan to do to accommodate these changes and how prepared the legal industry is to survive and thrive in the "new normal". This research is conducted prior to the ALPMA Summit each year.

For more information, visit "Research into the Changing Legal Landscape" page.

Client Experience Benchmark Research 

ALPMA is proud to partner with CXINLAW for its 2018 Client Experience Benchmark Research assessing the client experience priorities that result in an inspired service culture, outstanding client loyalty and profitable growth.

The results gleaned from this research are both interesting and, at times, alarming.

For further information and to download the full report, visit our Client Experience Benchmarking page.


Legal Industry Business Development and Marketing at Australasian law firms

Over the years, ALPMA has  collaborated with industry experts to undertake research into the emerging trends for marketing and business development  initiatives that can assist Australasian law firms to benchmark their efforts to similar firms and prioritise investment. 

Find out more about past research on Business Development and Marketing.

Survey on the Emerging Legal Professions

In 2018 ALPMA in collaboration with the Centre for Legal Innovation at The College of Law (CLI) undertook one of the most comprehensive surveys into the emerging professions within the legal industry across Australasia.

The drivers of change have been clearly identified as technology and AI; client demands, globalisation, diversity and inclusion, and the need for continuous improvement.

Find out more about this research on our Survey on the Emerging Legal Professions page.

Research Infographics

Check out ALPMA's legal industry research infographics.  These infographics provide a visual summary of the results from our research programs.

Research Partners