Regulated population statistics

Breakdown of solicitor firms May 2018

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 May 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: May 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 May 2018

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Sole PractitionerPartnershipIncorporated CompanyLimited Liability PartnershipOtherTotal
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