Regulated population statistics

As well as regulating solicitors we also regulate solicitors' firms. These can range from sole practitioners to huge firms, with a global presence and thousands of lawyers.

The following chart shows a breakdown of Recognised Sole Practices, Recognised Bodies and Licensed Bodies (also known as an Alternative Business Structure) as at the end of August 2018. The numbers are based on a count of head offices with current Recognised Sole Practice, Recognised Body or Licensed Body status.

 

Breakdown of solicitor firms: September 2018

Note that due to the time taken to process firm openings and closures, formed and closure dates can be back dated and therefore figures reported are subject to change.

Data for breakdown of solicitor firms September 2018

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Sole PractitionerPartnershipIncorporated CompanyLimited Liability PartnershipOtherTotal
September 20182,392
(23%)
1,696
(16%)
4,780
(46%)
1,551
(15%)
37
(0%)
10456
August 20182,413
(23%)
1,708
(16%)
4,745
(45%)
1,552
(15%)
39
(0%)
10457
July 20182,405
(23%)
1,714
(16%)
4,710
(45%)
1,546
(15%)
40
(0%)
10415
June 20182,415
(23%)
1,719
(17%)
4,677
(45%)
1,543
(15%)
40
(0%)
10394
May 20182,421
(23%)
1,725
(17%)
4,665
(45%)
1,544
(15%)
38
(0%)
10393
April 20182,420
(23%)
1,739
(17%)
4,641
(45%)
1,546
(15%)
39
(0%)
10385
March 20182,434
(23%)
1,759
(17%)
4,632
(44%)
1,550
(15%)
39
(0%)
10414
February 20182,433
(23%)
1,763
(17%)
4,626
(44%)
1,551
(15%)
38
(0%)
10411
January 20182,451
(24%)
1,769
(17%)
4,600
(44%)
1,557
(15%)
38
(0%)
10415
December 20172,462
(24%)
1,777
(17%)
4,580
(44%)
1,551
(15%)
38
(0%)
10408
November 20172,476
(24%)
1,785
(17%)
4,562
(44%)
1,553
(15%)
38
(0%)
10414
October 20172,489
(24%)
1,799
(17%)
4,537
(44%)
1,557
(15%)
38
(0%)
10420
September 20172,534
(24%)
1,827
(17%)
4,545
(43%)
1,561
(15%)
39
(0%)
10506
August 20172,545
(24%)
1,831
(17%)
4,523
(43%)
1,560
(15%)
38
(0%)
10497
July 20172,549
(24%)
1,841
(18%)
4,482
(43%)
1,559
(15%)
40
(0%)
10471
June 20172,557
(24%)
1,862
(18%)
4,444
(42%)
1,565
(15%)
40
(0%)
10468
May 20172,553
(24%)
1,878
(18%)
4,419
(42%)
1,567
(15%)
41
(0%)
10458
April 20172,558
(25%)
1,898
(18%)
4,366
(42%)
1,562
(15%)
41
(0%)
10425
March 20172,573
(25%)
1,915
(18%)
4,328
(42%)
1,556
(15%)
41
(0%)
10413
February 20172,582
(25%)
1,921
(18%)
4,290
(41%)
1,552
(15%)
42
(0%)
10387
January 20172,591
(25%)
1,930
(19%)
4,260
(41%)
1,549
(15%)
40
(0%)
10370
December 20162,597
(25%)
1,947
(19%)
4,215
(41%)
1,551
(15%)
44
(0%)
10354
November 20162,610
(25%)
1,959
(19%)
4,225
(41%)
1,554
(15%)
45
(0%)
10393
October 20162,627
(25%)
1,978
(19%)
4,205
(40%)
1,559
(15%)
46
(0%)
10415
September 20162,663
(25%)
2,004
(19%)
4,203
(40%)
1,568
(15%)
45
(0%)
10483
August 20162,681
(26%)
2,032
(19%)
4,178
(40%)
1,574
(15%)
45
(0%)
10510
July 20162,687
(26%)
2,046
(20%)
4,133
(39%)
1,570
(15%)
46
(0%)
10482
June 20162,693
(26%)
2,047
(20%)
4,133
(40%)
1,570
(15%)
46
(0%)
10489
May 20162,705
(26%)
2,076
(20%)
4,039
(39%)
1,562
(15%)
47
(0%)
10429
April 20162,703
(26%)
2,107
(20%)
3,986
(38%)
1,558
(15%)
53
(1%)
10407
March 20162,710
(26%)
2,123
(20%)
3,931
(38%)
1,550
(15%)
51
(0%)
10365
February 20162,704
(26%)
2,133
(21%)
3,900
(38%)
1,545
(15%)
48
(0%)
10330
January 20162,704
(26%)
2,144
(21%)
3,859
(37%)
1,545
(15%)
42
(0%)
10294
December 20152,714
(26%)
2,163
(21%)
3,842
(37%)
1,545
(15%)
42
(0%)
10306
November 20152,709
(26%)
2,180
(21%)
3,824
(37%)
1,543
(15%)
42
(0%)
10298
October 20152,725
(26%)
2,203
(21%)
3,813
(37%)
1,550
(15%)
45
(0%)
10336
September 20152,748
(26%)
2,217
(21%)
3,813
(37%)
1,550
(15%)
45
(0%)
10373
August 20152,793
(27%)
2,253
(22%)
3,788
(36%)
1,564
(15%)
46
(0%)
10444
July 20152,796
(27%)
2,278
(22%)
3,729
(36%)
1,563
(15%)
46
(0%)
10412
June 20152,803
(27%)
2,307
(22%)
3,677
(35%)
1,561
(15%)
46
(0%)
10394
May 20152,798
(27%)
2,328
(22%)
3,634
(35%)
1,557
(15%)
47
(0%)
10364
April 20152,798
(27%)
2,345
(23%)
3,601
(35%)
1,557
(15%)
47
(0%)
10348
March 20152,789
(27%)
2,354
(23%)
3,567
(35%)
1,560
(15%)
46
(0%)
10316
February 20152,793
(27%)
2,367
(23%)
3,547
(34%)
1,564
(15%)
48
(0%)
10319
January 20152,801
(27%)
2,373
(23%)
3,527
(34%)
1,561
(15%)
50
(0%)
10312
December 20142,809
(27%)
2,386
(23%)
3,501
(34%)
1,566
(15%)
62
(1%)
10324
November 20142,811
(27%)
2,402
(23%)
3,503
(34%)
1,571
(15%)
73
(1%)
10360
October 20142,856
(27%)
2,419
(23%)
3,509
(34%)
1,577
(15%)
83
(1%)
10444
September 20142,911
(28%)
2,453
(23%)
3,498
(33%)
1,589
(15%)
81
(1%)
10532
August 20142,935
(28%)
2,477
(23%)
3,492
(33%)
1,593
(15%)
96
(1%)
10593
July 20142,937
(28%)
2,502
(24%)
3,462
(33%)
1,591
(15%)
100
(1%)
10592
June 20142,941
(28%)
2,508
(24%)
3,424
(32%)
1,589
(15%)
109
(1%)
10571
May 20142,938
(28%)
2,508
(24%)
3,391
(32%)
1,585
(15%)
97
(1%)
10519
April 20142,947
(28%)
2,540
(24%)
3,363
(32%)
1,590
(15%)
106
(1%)
10546
March 20142,961
(28%)
2,570
(24%)
3,327
(31%)
1,606
(15%)
126
(1%)
10590
February 20142,967
(28%)
2,576
(24%)
3,301
(31%)
1,593
(15%)
117
(1%)
10554
January 20142,978
(28%)
2,606
(25%)
3,284
(31%)
1,591
(15%)
130
(1%)
10589
December 20133,056
(29%)
2,633
(25%)
3,219
(30%)
1,594
(15%)
141
(1%)
10643
November 20133,069
(29%)
2,652
(25%)
3,203
(30%)
1,595
(15%)
131
(1%)
10650
October 20133,101
(29%)
2,681
(25%)
3,203
(30%)
1,603
(15%)
136
(1%)
10724
September 20133,108
(29%)
2,681
(25%)
3,198
(30%)
1,600
(15%)
139
(1%)
10726
August 20133,233
(30%)
2,767
(25%)
3,172
(29%)
1,587
(14%)
192
(2%)
10951
July 20133,225
(30%)
2,783
(26%)
3,103
(29%)
1,559
(14%)
196
(2%)
10866
June 20133,248
(30%)
2,808
(26%)
3,064
(28%)
1,552
(14%)
203
(2%)
10875
May 20133,252
(30%)
2,836
(26%)
3,046
(28%)
1,545
(14%)
188
(2%)
10867
April 20133,255
(30%)
2,859
(26%)
3,014
(28%)
1,539
(14%)
203
(2%)
10870
March 20133,273
(30%)
2,895
(27%)
2,974
(27%)
1,529
(14%)
184
(2%)
10855
February 20133,293
(30%)
2,899
(27%)
2,954
(27%)
1,529
(14%)
152
(1%)
10827
January 20133,309
(31%)
2,911
(27%)
2,915
(27%)
1,532
(14%)
152
(1%)
10819
December 20123,351
(31%)
2,943
(27%)
2,901
(27%)
1,539
(14%)
158
(1%)
10892
November 20123,370
(31%)
2,965
(27%)
2,904
(27%)
1,540
(14%)
168
(2%)
10947
October 20123,377
(31%)
2,896
(26%)
2,980
(27%)
1,541
(14%)
182
(2%)
10976
September 20123,421
(31%)
3,045
(27%)
2,869
(26%)
1,548
(14%)
234
(2%)
11117
August 20123,430
(31%)
3,054
(27%)
2,862
(26%)
1,546
(14%)
223
(2%)
11115
July 20123,487
(31%)
3,115
(28%)
2,843
(25%)
1,550
(14%)
177
(2%)
11172
June 20123,530
(31%)
3,185
(28%)
2,846
(25%)
1,556
(14%)
187
(2%)
11304
May 20123,556
(31%)
3,219
(28%)
2,811
(25%)
1,555
(14%)
228
(2%)
11369
April 20123,557
(32%)
3,227
(29%)
2,739
(24%)
1,537
(14%)
206
(2%)
11266
March 20123,574
(32%)
3,255
(29%)
2,745
(24%)
1,549
(14%)
108
(1%)
11231
February 20123,568
(32%)
3,258
(29%)
2,730
(24%)
1,541
(14%)
85
(1%)
11182
January 20123,543
(32%)
3,233
(29%)
2,671
(24%)
1,511
(14%)
170
(2%)
11128
December 20113,534
(32%)
3,233
(29%)
2,636
(24%)
1,495
(14%)
155
(1%)
11053
November 20113,508
(32%)
3,226
(30%)
2,583
(24%)
1,481
(14%)
127
(1%)
10925
October 20113,545
(32%)
3,257
(30%)
2,526
(23%)
1,474
(14%)
115
(1%)
10917
September 20113,612
(33%)
3,306
(30%)
2,497
(23%)
1,477
(13%)
117
(1%)
11009
August 20113,628
(33%)
3,335
(30%)
2,457
(22%)
1,471
(13%)
126
(1%)
11017
July 20113,640
(33%)
3,309
(30%)
2,400
(22%)
1,398
(13%)
120
(1%)
10867
June 20113,656
(33%)
3,338
(30%)
2,339
(21%)
1,392
(13%)
115
(1%)
10840
May 20113,667
(34%)
3,374
(31%)
2,299
(21%)
1,376
(13%)
104
(1%)
10820
April 20113,675
(34%)
3,414
(31%)
2,220
(20%)
1,349
(12%)
100
(1%)
10758
March 20113,692
(34%)
3,446
(32%)
2,208
(20%)
1,356
(12%)
101
(1%)
10803
February 20113,711
(34%)
3,473
(32%)
2,175
(20%)
1,343
(12%)
101
(1%)
10803
January 20113,733
(34%)
3,487
(32%)
2,107
(19%)
1,336
(12%)
98
(1%)
10761
December 20103,771
(35%)
3,511
(32%)
2,079
(19%)
1,339
(12%)
89
(1%)
10789
November 20103,783
(35%)
3,524
(32%)
2,057
(19%)
1,327
(12%)
88
(1%)
10779
October 20103,797
(35%)
3,521
(33%)
1,989
(18%)
1,305
(12%)
84
(1%)
10696
September 20103,880
(35%)
3,561
(32%)
2,001
(18%)
1,309
(12%)
85
(1%)
10836
August 20104,042
(36%)
3,613
(33%)
1,945
(18%)
1,296
(12%)
80
(1%)
10976
July 20104,030
(37%)
3,620
(33%)
1,898
(17%)
1,262
(11%)
75
(1%)
10885