The Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2016

The Law Society of England and Wales has published its annual statistics report for 2016 this month. The report advises that as at 31 July 2016:

  • There were 175,160 individuals on the Roll of solicitors, an increase of 4.1% on the previous year;
  • There were 136,176 solicitors with practising certificates and therefore entitled to act as a solicitor within the definition of the Solicitors Act 1974, an increase of 2.1% on the previous year;
  • The number of solicitors with practising certificates has increased dramatically over the last two decades, from 68,037 in 1996 and from 104,543 in 2006;
  • In growth terms, the number of practising certificate holders working in-house exceeded those in private practice and accounted for 22% of all certificate holders;
  • There were 91,166 solicitors working in private practice, 57.8% more than in 1996 when there were 55,673 solicitors and 13.1% more than in 2006 when there were 80,575 solicitors in private practice;
  • ¬†There were 9,430 private practice firms registered in England & Wales, an increase of 0.3% on the previous year;
  • The number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups amongst practising certificate holders has risen to 16%.

While there have been some high profile casualties in recent times and a number of new entrants retracting from the market, the report suggests that the profession as a whole remains on a firm footing.

A copy of the full report is available from the Law Society, priced at £99.

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