Regulated population statistics

Population of practising solicitors, from July 2009 to April 2016

The SRA regulates solicitors and their firms, as well as other lawyers and non-lawyer managers working in law firms across England and Wales. We also regulate those working as registered European lawyers or registered foreign lawyers. Our purpose is to protect the public by ensuring that solicitors meet high standards, and by acting when risks are identified.

The chart below shows the trend in the number of practising solicitors (those holding practising certificates) in England and Wales. There are currently 134,785 practising solicitors.

Population of practising solicitors, from: July 2009 to April 2016

Each year we carry out a practising certificate bulk termination exercise where we terminate those practising certificates which have not been renewed. The results of this exercise can be seen by the falls in the numbers of solicitors holding practising certificates on the chart above in December 2009, January 2011, August 2012, March 2013, February 2014, December 2014 and December 2015.

We also carry out a keeping of the roll exercise. The results of this exercise can be seen by a fall in the number of all solicitors on the roll in November 2012, August 2013 and July 2014.

Snapshot of solicitors

As well as practising solicitors, we also regulate registered European lawyers, registered foreign lawyers, and exempt European lawyers and the current numbers of these three groups can be seen in the table below.

The total number of solicitors on the roll at the end of April 2016 was 174,095

Date range               All solicitors on the roll Practising solicitors* Registered European lawyers Registered foreign lawyers

Exempt European lawyers

April 2016

174095 134785 567 2211 2743

March 2016

173636 134099 551 2193 2721

February 2016

172788 133224 531 2166 2718

January 2016

172380 132635 522 2147 2713

December 2015

172033 132245 504 2166 2718

November 2015

171760 136940 531 2310 2694

October 2015

171464 136294 515 2296 2695

September 2015

170857 135976 510 2281 2682

August 2015

168663 133837 496 2266 2674

July 2015

168231 133364 482 2249 2666

June 2015

167866 132864 476 2230 2651

May 2015

167503 132520 467 2201 2616

April 2015

167147 132087 455 2175 2590

March 2015

166737 131518 431 2138 2577

February 2015

165754 130443 427 2122 2567

January 2015

165368 129922 420 2069 2567

December 2014

164951 129246 401 2027 2568

November 2014

164598 132636 439 2115 2540

October 2014

164133 133327 445 2132 2539

September 2014

163336 132975 443 2131 2531

August 2014

161091 130846 424 2102 2527

July 2014

160546 130419 412 2082 2527

June 2014

166423 129552 414 2071 2513

May 2014

166119 129552 408 2044 2495

April 2014

165781 129083 392 2021 2471

March 2014

165242 128425 383 2003 2464

February 2014

164365 127423 374 1994 2452

January 2014

163898 130612 405 2140 2433

December 2013

163514 131134 397 2130 2420

November 2013

163015 130812 384 2106 2414

October 2013

162367 130643 383 2095 2340

September 2013

161323 129794 380 2076 2343

August 2013

158872 127874 375 1914 2342

July 2013

167790 127575 376 1898 2338

June 2013

167457 127068 370 1889 2308

May 2013

167146 126624 364 1870 2301

April 2013

166522 126064 354 1851 2269

March 2013

165956 125192 371 1825 2239

February 2013

164998 128169 409 2018 2226

January 2013

164793 128379 401 2000 2174

December 2012

164181 128419 393 1978 2078

November 2012

163031 127890 388 1967 2077

October 2012

169338 127353 384 1955 2077

September 2012

168713 127109 368 1929 2047

August 2012

166385 124968 367 1744 2046

July 2012

166007 128710 385 1852 2042

June 2012

165748 128860 366 1835 2023

May 2012

165519 128569 360 1812 2025

April 2012

165227 128240 343 1784 2018

March 2012

164841 127884 338 1780 2016

February 2012

163978 126858 328 1768 2001

January 2012

163229 126008 327 1765 1997

December 2011

163259 125718 317 1742 1996

November 2011

163108 125473 304 1728 1997

October 2011

162818 125011 305 1722 1994

September 2011

161815 124306 300 1707 1989

August 2011

159798 122343 294 1680 1966

 

 

 

*Practising solicitors are also counted in the numbers of solicitors on the roll.

Data for population of practising solicitors, from July 2009 to April 2016

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Number
April 2016134785
March 2016134099
February 2016133224
January 2016132635
December 2015132245
November 2015136940
October 2015136294
September 2015135976
August 2015133837
July 2015133364
June 2015132864
May 2015132520
April 2015132087
March 2015131518
February 2015130443
January 2015129922
December 2014129246
November 2014132636
October 2014133327
September 2014132975
August 2014130846
July 2014130419
June 2014129552
May 2014129552
April 2014129083
March 2014128425
February 2014127423
January 2014130612
December 2013131134
November 2013130812
October 2013130643
September 2013129794
August 2013127874
July 2013127575
June 2013127068
May 2013126624
April 2013126064
March 2013125192
February 2013128169
January 2013128379
December 2012128419
November 2012127890
October 2012127353
September 2012127109
August 2012124968
July 2012128710
June 2012128860
May 2012128569
April 2012128240
March 2012127884
February 2012126858
January 2012126008
December 2011125718
November 2011125473
October 2011125011
September 2011124306
August 2011122343
July 2011121859
June 2011121315
May 2011120905
April 2011120416
March 2011119641
February 2011118579
January 2011117802
December 2010120847
November 2010120786
October 2010121630
September 2010120917
August 2010118457
July 2010117869
June 2010117225
May 2010116574
April 2010116076
March 2010115200
February 2010114197
January 2010113405
December 2009112589
November 2009118349
October 2009119305
September 2009118562
August 2009116206
July 2009115487