Following a request by Core Legal founder and member IRN Research, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a breakdown of UK monthly legal market turnover which, for the first time, gives segmented turnover data for solicitors, barristers, and patent/copyright agents. Up to now, only total market size figures have been published.
These landmark figures make interesting reading as they suggest that, out of a total UK market of £26.4bn in 2012, ONS puts the revenue for solicitors at £16bn which is lower than many other market estimates but turnover of patent/copyright agents was estimated at almost £9bn. Barristers account for the remaining £1.7bn.
IRN Research will analyse the figures in more detail over the next few months and try and find out more about the methodology. IRN has also approached the ONS to see if this data can be published on a regular basis.
Table 1: UK Legal Services Turnover by Segment per month, Jan 2012 – Aug 2013 (£bn)
|Barristers||Solicitors||Patent & copyright agents|
Source: National Statistics/ IRN Research
The Excel data spreadsheet is at:
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