Regulated population statistics

Breakdown of firm closures by reason October 2016 to September 2017

Over the 12 months to September 2017, 738 Recognised Sole Practitioners, Recognised Bodies and Licensed Bodies (also know as Alternative Business Structures) have closed.

Closure figures have been updated to include all reasons for closure, such as, ceased practising, mergers, splits and change of status. Previous figures reported related only to firms that had ceased practising. A breakdown of closure reasons for the 12 month period to October 2017 can be seen on the chart below.

Breakdown of firm closures by reason: October 2016 to September 2017

Note the number of firm closures is reported with a delay. This is due to the time taken to process, in particular it can take several weeks for the SRA to be notified of firm closures. As a result, closure dates can be back dated and figures reported are subject to change.

Data for breakdown of firm closures by reason October 2016 to September 2017

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Ceased PractisingMerged/AmalgamatedChange of statusSplitOtherTotal
October 2016
to
 September 2017
354
(48%)
162
(22%)
217
(29%)
-
(0%)
5
(1%)
738