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 July 2019. The numbers are based on a count of head offices with current Recognised Sole Practice, Recognised Body or Licensed Body status.

 
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.
Date(s)Sole PractitionerPartnershipIncorporated CompanyLimited Liability PartnershipOther
July 2019227716124907155138
May 2019229716354873155837
April 2019231616374846156238
March 2019232216474826155338
February 2019232516494828154438
January 2019234116514812154237
November 2018234716614797153838
October 2018236716734788154237
September 2018239216964780155137
August 2018241317084745155239
July 2018240517144710154640
June 2018241517194677154340
May 2018242117254665154438
April 2018242017394641154639
March 2018243417594632155039
February 2018243317634626155138
January 2018245117694600155738
December 2017246217774580155138
November 2017247617854562155338
October 2017248917994537155738
September 2017253418274545156139
August 2017254518314523156038
July 2017254918414482155940
June 2017255718624444156540
May 2017255318784419156741
April 2017255818984366156241
March 2017257319154328155641
February 2017258219214290155242
January 2017259119304260154940
December 2016259719474215155144
November 2016261019594225155445
October 2016262719784205155946
September 2016266320044203156845
August 2016268120324178157445
July 2016268720464133157046
June 2016269320474133157046
May 2016270520764039156247
April 2016270321073986155853
March 2016271021233931155051
February 2016270421333900154548
January 2016270421443859154542
December 2015271421633842154542
November 2015270921803824154342
October 2015272522033813155045
September 2015274822173813155045
August 2015279322533788156446
July 2015279622783729156346
June 2015280323073677156146
May 2015279823283634155747
April 2015279823453601155747
March 2015278923543567156046
February 2015279323673547156448
January 2015280123733527156150
December 2014280923863501156662
November 2014281124023503157173
October 2014285624193509157783
September 2014291124533498158981
August 2014293524773492159396
July 20142937250234621591100
June 20142941250834241589109
May 2014293825083391158597
April 20142947254033631590106
March 20142961257033271606126
February 20142967257633011593117
January 20142978260632841591130
December 20133056263332191594141
November 20133069265232031595131
October 20133101268132031603136
September 20133108268131981600139
August 20133233276731721587192
July 20133225278331031559196
June 20133248280830641552203
May 20133252283630461545188
April 20133255285930141539203
March 20133273289529741529184
February 20133293289929541529152
January 20133309291129151532152
December 20123351294329011539158
November 20123370296529041540168
October 20123377289629801541182
September 20123421304528691548234
August 20123430305428621546223
July 20123487311528431550177
June 20123530318528461556187
May 20123556321928111555228
April 20123557322727391537206
March 20123574325527451549108
February 2012356832582730154185
January 20123543323326711511170
December 20113534323326361495155
November 20113508322625831481127
October 20113545325725261474115
September 20113612330624971477117
August 20113628333524571471126
July 20113640330924001398120
June 20113656333823391392115
May 20113667337422991376104
April 20113675341422201349100
March 20113692344622081356101
February 20113711347321751343101
January 2011373334872107133698
December 2010377135112079133989
November 2010378335242057132788
October 2010379735211989130584
September 2010388035612001130985
August 2010404236131945129680
July 2010403036201898126275