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Annual Statistical Report 2010

This report describes the size and composition of the solicitors’ profession and describes trends in the entry of solicitors to the profession.

  • As at 31 July 2010, there were 150,128 solicitors on the roll, an increase of 3.3% on the year before.
  • At the same date, 117,862 solicitors held practising certificates (78.5% of those on the Roll), an increase of 2.1% on the previous year.
  • Since 1980, the total number of solicitors holding practising certificates has grown by 211.5% at an average annual rate of 3.9%.
  • These solicitors were employed in 17,238 separate organisations of which 15,420 were based in England and Wales.
  • 86,748, or 73.6%, of solicitors holding practising certificates worked in private practice in England and Wales; the remainder worked mainly in commerce and industry and the public sector.
  • Since 2000, the proportion of practising certificate holders not employed in private practice in England and Wales has increased from 19.7% to 26.4%.

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