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Trends in the Solicitors' Profession


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Trends in the Solicitors' Profession
Annual Statistics Report 2014

The Law Society


The Law Society's Annual Statistics Report (ASR) has been compiled for over thirty years and provides authoritative and reliable analysis of the composition and size of the solicitors' profession, with trends in the entry of new solicitors and how the profession has evolved over time in terms of size and structure.

Trends in the Solicitors' Profession offers invaluable intelligence on the market that solicitors operate in. The report's key headline findings include the following:

  • The number of solicitors with practising solicitors experienced a slight increase compared to 2013. On 31 July 2014 there were 130,382, up from 127,676 on 31 July 2013.
  • The number of practising solicitors grew both in-house and in private practice. An increase of 4 per cent in solicitors registered in private practice is the sharpest rate of growth in nine years. The number of private practice firms declined for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Representation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic groups among practising solicitors stood at 15 per cent, more than doubling since 2000. The gender gap continues to close as 48.2 per cent of practising solicitors are now women compared with 40.5 per cent ten years ago.

The information is analysed further within the report, offering insight into aspects including the:

  • Gender balance within the profession.
  • Ethnic profile of the profession.
  • Size, location, and staff composition of solicitors' firms.