Breakdown of solicitor firms

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 Practitioner Partnership Incorporated Company Limited Liability Partnership Other Total
July 2019 2,277
(22%)
1,612
(16%)
4,907
(47%)
1,551
(15%)
38
(0%)
10385
May 2019 2,297
(22%)
1,635
(16%)
4,873
(47%)
1,558
(15%)
37
(0%)
10400
April 2019 2,316
(22%)
1,637
(16%)
4,846
(47%)
1,562
(15%)
38
(0%)
10399
March 2019 2,322
(22%)
1,647
(16%)
4,826
(46%)
1,553
(15%)
38
(0%)
10386
February 2019 2,325
(22%)
1,649
(16%)
4,828
(46%)
1,544
(15%)
38
(0%)
10384
January 2019 2,341
(23%)
1,651
(16%)
4,812
(46%)
1,542
(15%)
37
(0%)
10383
November 2018 2,347
(23%)
1,661
(16%)
4,797
(46%)
1,538
(15%)
38
(0%)
10381
October 2018 2,367
(23%)
1,673
(16%)
4,788
(46%)
1,542
(15%)
37
(0%)
10407
September 2018 2,392
(23%)
1,696
(16%)
4,780
(46%)
1,551
(15%)
37
(0%)
10456
August 2018 2,413
(23%)
1,708
(16%)
4,745
(45%)
1,552
(15%)
39
(0%)
10457
July 2018 2,405
(23%)
1,714
(16%)
4,710
(45%)
1,546
(15%)
40
(0%)
10415
June 2018 2,415
(23%)
1,719
(17%)
4,677
(45%)
1,543
(15%)
40
(0%)
10394
May 2018 2,421
(23%)
1,725
(17%)
4,665
(45%)
1,544
(15%)
38
(0%)
10393
April 2018 2,420
(23%)
1,739
(17%)
4,641
(45%)
1,546
(15%)
39
(0%)
10385
March 2018 2,434
(23%)
1,759
(17%)
4,632
(44%)
1,550
(15%)
39
(0%)
10414
February 2018 2,433
(23%)
1,763
(17%)
4,626
(44%)
1,551
(15%)
38
(0%)
10411
January 2018 2,451
(24%)
1,769
(17%)
4,600
(44%)
1,557
(15%)
38
(0%)
10415
December 2017 2,462
(24%)
1,777
(17%)
4,580
(44%)
1,551
(15%)
38
(0%)
10408
November 2017 2,476
(24%)
1,785
(17%)
4,562
(44%)
1,553
(15%)
38
(0%)
10414
October 2017 2,489
(24%)
1,799
(17%)
4,537
(44%)
1,557
(15%)
38
(0%)
10420
September 2017 2,534
(24%)
1,827
(17%)
4,545
(43%)
1,561
(15%)
39
(0%)
10506
August 2017 2,545
(24%)
1,831
(17%)
4,523
(43%)
1,560
(15%)
38
(0%)
10497
July 2017 2,549
(24%)
1,841
(18%)
4,482
(43%)
1,559
(15%)
40
(0%)
10471
June 2017 2,557
(24%)
1,862
(18%)
4,444
(42%)
1,565
(15%)
40
(0%)
10468
May 2017 2,553
(24%)
1,878
(18%)
4,419
(42%)
1,567
(15%)
41
(0%)
10458
April 2017 2,558
(25%)
1,898
(18%)
4,366
(42%)
1,562
(15%)
41
(0%)
10425
March 2017 2,573
(25%)
1,915
(18%)
4,328
(42%)
1,556
(15%)
41
(0%)
10413
February 2017 2,582
(25%)
1,921
(18%)
4,290
(41%)
1,552
(15%)
42
(0%)
10387
January 2017 2,591
(25%)
1,930
(19%)
4,260
(41%)
1,549
(15%)
40
(0%)
10370
December 2016 2,597
(25%)
1,947
(19%)
4,215
(41%)
1,551
(15%)
44
(0%)
10354
November 2016 2,610
(25%)
1,959
(19%)
4,225
(41%)
1,554
(15%)
45
(0%)
10393
October 2016 2,627
(25%)
1,978
(19%)
4,205
(40%)
1,559
(15%)
46
(0%)
10415
September 2016 2,663
(25%)
2,004
(19%)
4,203
(40%)
1,568
(15%)
45
(0%)
10483
August 2016 2,681
(26%)
2,032
(19%)
4,178
(40%)
1,574
(15%)
45
(0%)
10510
July 2016 2,687
(26%)
2,046
(20%)
4,133
(39%)
1,570
(15%)
46
(0%)
10482
June 2016 2,693
(26%)
2,047
(20%)
4,133
(40%)
1,570
(15%)
46
(0%)
10489
May 2016 2,705
(26%)
2,076
(20%)
4,039
(39%)
1,562
(15%)
47
(0%)
10429
April 2016 2,703
(26%)
2,107
(20%)
3,986
(38%)
1,558
(15%)
53
(1%)
10407
March 2016 2,710
(26%)
2,123
(20%)
3,931
(38%)
1,550
(15%)
51
(0%)
10365
February 2016 2,704
(26%)
2,133
(21%)
3,900
(38%)
1,545
(15%)
48
(0%)
10330
January 2016 2,704
(26%)
2,144
(21%)
3,859
(37%)
1,545
(15%)
42
(0%)
10294
December 2015 2,714
(26%)
2,163
(21%)
3,842
(37%)
1,545
(15%)
42
(0%)
10306
November 2015 2,709
(26%)
2,180
(21%)
3,824
(37%)
1,543
(15%)
42
(0%)
10298
October 2015 2,725
(26%)
2,203
(21%)
3,813
(37%)
1,550
(15%)
45
(0%)
10336
September 2015 2,748
(26%)
2,217
(21%)
3,813
(37%)
1,550
(15%)
45
(0%)
10373
August 2015 2,793
(27%)
2,253
(22%)
3,788
(36%)
1,564
(15%)
46
(0%)
10444
July 2015 2,796
(27%)
2,278
(22%)
3,729
(36%)
1,563
(15%)
46
(0%)
10412
June 2015 2,803
(27%)
2,307
(22%)
3,677
(35%)
1,561
(15%)
46
(0%)
10394
May 2015 2,798
(27%)
2,328
(22%)
3,634
(35%)
1,557
(15%)
47
(0%)
10364
April 2015 2,798
(27%)
2,345
(23%)
3,601
(35%)
1,557
(15%)
47
(0%)
10348
March 2015 2,789
(27%)
2,354
(23%)
3,567
(35%)
1,560
(15%)
46
(0%)
10316
February 2015 2,793
(27%)
2,367
(23%)
3,547
(34%)
1,564
(15%)
48
(0%)
10319
January 2015 2,801
(27%)
2,373
(23%)
3,527
(34%)
1,561
(15%)
50
(0%)
10312
December 2014 2,809
(27%)
2,386
(23%)
3,501
(34%)
1,566
(15%)
62
(1%)
10324
November 2014 2,811
(27%)
2,402
(23%)
3,503
(34%)
1,571
(15%)
73
(1%)
10360
October 2014 2,856
(27%)
2,419
(23%)
3,509
(34%)
1,577
(15%)
83
(1%)
10444
September 2014 2,911
(28%)
2,453
(23%)
3,498
(33%)
1,589
(15%)
81
(1%)
10532
August 2014 2,935
(28%)
2,477
(23%)
3,492
(33%)
1,593
(15%)
96
(1%)
10593
July 2014 2,937
(28%)
2,502
(24%)
3,462
(33%)
1,591
(15%)
100
(1%)
10592
June 2014 2,941
(28%)
2,508
(24%)
3,424
(32%)
1,589
(15%)
109
(1%)
10571
May 2014 2,938
(28%)
2,508
(24%)
3,391
(32%)
1,585
(15%)
97
(1%)
10519
April 2014 2,947
(28%)
2,540
(24%)
3,363
(32%)
1,590
(15%)
106
(1%)
10546
March 2014 2,961
(28%)
2,570
(24%)
3,327
(31%)
1,606
(15%)
126
(1%)
10590
February 2014 2,967
(28%)
2,576
(24%)
3,301
(31%)
1,593
(15%)
117
(1%)
10554
January 2014 2,978
(28%)
2,606
(25%)
3,284
(31%)
1,591
(15%)
130
(1%)
10589
December 2013 3,056
(29%)
2,633
(25%)
3,219
(30%)
1,594
(15%)
141
(1%)
10643
November 2013 3,069
(29%)
2,652
(25%)
3,203
(30%)
1,595
(15%)
131
(1%)
10650
October 2013 3,101
(29%)
2,681
(25%)
3,203
(30%)
1,603
(15%)
136
(1%)
10724
September 2013 3,108
(29%)
2,681
(25%)
3,198
(30%)
1,600
(15%)
139
(1%)
10726
August 2013 3,233
(30%)
2,767
(25%)
3,172
(29%)
1,587
(14%)
192
(2%)
10951
July 2013 3,225
(30%)
2,783
(26%)
3,103
(29%)
1,559
(14%)
196
(2%)
10866
June 2013 3,248
(30%)
2,808
(26%)
3,064
(28%)
1,552
(14%)
203
(2%)
10875
May 2013 3,252
(30%)
2,836
(26%)
3,046
(28%)
1,545
(14%)
188
(2%)
10867
April 2013 3,255
(30%)
2,859
(26%)
3,014
(28%)
1,539
(14%)
203
(2%)
10870
March 2013 3,273
(30%)
2,895
(27%)
2,974
(27%)
1,529
(14%)
184
(2%)
10855
February 2013 3,293
(30%)
2,899
(27%)
2,954
(27%)
1,529
(14%)
152
(1%)
10827
January 2013 3,309
(31%)
2,911
(27%)
2,915
(27%)
1,532
(14%)
152
(1%)
10819
December 2012 3,351
(31%)
2,943
(27%)
2,901
(27%)
1,539
(14%)
158
(1%)
10892
November 2012 3,370
(31%)
2,965
(27%)
2,904
(27%)
1,540
(14%)
168
(2%)
10947
October 2012 3,377
(31%)
2,896
(26%)
2,980
(27%)
1,541
(14%)
182
(2%)
10976
September 2012 3,421
(31%)
3,045
(27%)
2,869
(26%)
1,548
(14%)
234
(2%)
11117
August 2012 3,430
(31%)
3,054
(27%)
2,862
(26%)
1,546
(14%)
223
(2%)
11115
July 2012 3,487
(31%)
3,115
(28%)
2,843
(25%)
1,550
(14%)
177
(2%)
11172
June 2012 3,530
(31%)
3,185
(28%)
2,846
(25%)
1,556
(14%)
187
(2%)
11304
May 2012 3,556
(31%)
3,219
(28%)
2,811
(25%)
1,555
(14%)
228
(2%)
11369
April 2012 3,557
(32%)
3,227
(29%)
2,739
(24%)
1,537
(14%)
206
(2%)
11266
March 2012 3,574
(32%)
3,255
(29%)
2,745
(24%)
1,549
(14%)
108
(1%)
11231
February 2012 3,568
(32%)
3,258
(29%)
2,730
(24%)
1,541
(14%)
85
(1%)
11182
January 2012 3,543
(32%)
3,233
(29%)
2,671
(24%)
1,511
(14%)
170
(2%)
11128
December 2011 3,534
(32%)
3,233
(29%)
2,636
(24%)
1,495
(14%)
155
(1%)
11053
November 2011 3,508
(32%)
3,226
(30%)
2,583
(24%)
1,481
(14%)
127
(1%)
10925
October 2011 3,545
(32%)
3,257
(30%)
2,526
(23%)
1,474
(14%)
115
(1%)
10917
September 2011 3,612
(33%)
3,306
(30%)
2,497
(23%)
1,477
(13%)
117
(1%)
11009
August 2011 3,628
(33%)
3,335
(30%)
2,457
(22%)
1,471
(13%)
126
(1%)
11017
July 2011 3,640
(33%)
3,309
(30%)
2,400
(22%)
1,398
(13%)
120
(1%)
10867
June 2011 3,656
(33%)
3,338
(30%)
2,339
(21%)
1,392
(13%)
115
(1%)
10840
May 2011 3,667
(34%)
3,374
(31%)
2,299
(21%)
1,376
(13%)
104
(1%)
10820
April 2011 3,675
(34%)
3,414
(31%)
2,220
(20%)
1,349
(12%)
100
(1%)
10758
March 2011 3,692
(34%)
3,446
(32%)
2,208
(20%)
1,356
(12%)
101
(1%)
10803
February 2011 3,711
(34%)
3,473
(32%)
2,175
(20%)
1,343
(12%)
101
(1%)
10803
January 2011 3,733
(34%)
3,487
(32%)
2,107
(19%)
1,336
(12%)
98
(1%)
10761
December 2010 3,771
(35%)
3,511
(32%)
2,079
(19%)
1,339
(12%)
89
(1%)
10789
November 2010 3,783
(35%)
3,524
(32%)
2,057
(19%)
1,327
(12%)
88
(1%)
10779
October 2010 3,797
(35%)
3,521
(33%)
1,989
(18%)
1,305
(12%)
84
(1%)
10696
September 2010 3,880
(35%)
3,561
(32%)
2,001
(18%)
1,309
(12%)
85
(1%)
10836
August 2010 4,042
(36%)
3,613
(33%)
1,945
(18%)
1,296
(12%)
80
(1%)
10976
July 2010 4,030
(37%)
3,620
(33%)
1,898
(17%)
1,262
(11%)
75
(1%)
10885