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Annual Statistical Report 2013

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

  • As at 31 July 2013 there were 158,644 solicitors on the roll, and 127,676 solicitors with practising certificates. Both figures were marginally down on 2012. However, the year-on-year declines reflect delays in the removal of 'inactive' practising certificate holders from systems supporting the Annual Statistics Report in 2012 (meaning that 2012 figures were artificially inflated).
  • Demographic information shows that younger solicitors are more likely to be female and that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups continue to represent a growing proportion of PC holders.
  • The numbers of practising solicitors working both in-house and in private practice declined slightly on a year earlier. The long term trend is one of growth for the in-house sector but principally in commerce and industry. The number of private practice firms declined on a year earlier (for the third year in a row), with only very large firms (81+ partners) expanding in number.

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