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Trends in the Solicitors' Profession


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1 May 2016

Law Society Publishing


297 x 210 mm
61 pages

Trends in the Solicitors' Profession
Annual Statistical Report 2015

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:

  • As at 31 July 2015 there were 133,367 solicitors with practising certificates, 2.3% higher than at 31 July 2014.
  • In 2015 the numbers of PC holders working both in-house and in private practice were higher than a year earlier. However, in-house numbers grew at the faster rate, which led to a further expansion of the share of all practising solicitors working in-house.
  • Representation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic groups among practising solicitors stood at 15.5%, more than doubling since 2000. The gender gap continues to close: 51.2% of practising solicitors are men and 48.8% are women.

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.

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