The number of residents for each lawyer in Israel
dropped to 170 in 2010 compared to 275 a decade ago, according to a survey conducted by business information company Dun & Bradstreet Israel.
The number of lawyers per judges jumped by 44% in the past decade, and the industry's income reached some NIS 1.31 billion (about 360 million).
According to the survey, Israel's biggest law firm remains Herzog, Fox & Neeman. Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. came in second, up from the fourth place last year.
The Goldfarb, Levy, Eran, Meiri & Co. law firm ranked third. Meitar, Liquornik, Geva & Leshem, Brandwein came in fourth, and Yigal Arnon & Co. was fifth.
Israel's 20 biggest law firms took in more than 100 new lawyers in 2010 – a 6% rise in the number of lawyers they employ. According to the ranking, the number of lawyers employed in the 20 biggest law firms stood at 1,887 at the end of 2010, compared to 1,773 at the end of 2009.
The annual income per lawyer in 2010 stood at some NIS 283,000 (about $80,000), as part of an improvement in income seen in the past three years.
A geographical analysis shows that while most lawyers (72%) are active in Tel Aviv and central Israel, only half of the judges work in these areas.
The study also reveals that in 2010 the number of lawyers in the 100 biggest law firms stood at 39 lawyers per office, while the average number of partners was 11 compared to an average of nine interns. The most popular field of specialty in the 100 large offices out of the four leading fields in each office is litigation.