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Regulated population statistics

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 Practitioners, Recognised Bodies and Licensed Bodies (also known as an Alternative Business Structure) as at the end of March 2014. The numbers are based on a count of head offices with current Recognised Sole Practitioner, Recognised Body or Licensed Body status.

Breakdown of solicitor firms: March 2014

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

Percentages and figures in this report may include rounding differences.

Date(s) Sole PractitionerPartnershipIncorporated CompanyLimited Liability PartnershipOtherTotal
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