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Annual Statistics Report 2016

16 June 2017

The Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2016 describes the size and composition of the solicitors' profession and describes trends in entry to the profession.

  • At 31 July 2016, there were 136,176 solicitors with practising certificates (PC) and 175,160 individuals in total on the roll of solicitors. The number of solicitors with practising certificates was 2.1 per cent higher than at 31 July 2015, with the total number on the roll 4.1 per cent higher than a year earlier. Part of this increase is likely to reflect the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) decision not to undertake an annual roll keeping exercise since 2015.
  • Representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups amongst PC holders rose to 16 per cent in 2016 and has more than doubled over the past 15 years.
  • The proportion of female PC holders in BAME groups (57 per cent) was greater than the share amongst those of white European origin (48 per cent).
  • In 2016 the numbers of PC holders working both in-house and in private practice were higher than a year earlier. However, in-house numbers grew at the faster rate, which led to a further expansion of the share of all practising solicitors working in-house.
  • At 5,728, the number of trainee registrations in the year to 31 July 2016 was five per cent higher than in the previous 12 months.

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