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IRN Legal

  • October 2013
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  • IRN Research

The UK legal market is in a period of transformation and IRN Legal enables you to keep up-to-date and understand these changes. Available via an annual subscription, IRN Legal includes regular reports and bulletins throughout the year:

• UK Legal Market Report (annual) – 4th edition published in July 2013 with 64 pages of data and analysis. Including: Industry Overview; Market Size and Trends; Market Segments by Practice Area and Firm Size; Industry Structure; Key Issues and Developments; Competitor Trends and Profiles; IRN Original Research – this year covering in-house counsel and their legal needs; PEST Analysis; Market Forecasts (2 years ahead).

• UK Legal Landscape (annual) – first published in March 2013. A review of business models/services emerging in the market plus profiles of leading players including: traditional law firms; ABS; franchises; online law; virtual law; boutique law; barristers; subscription-based services/legal helplines; white label products; not-for-profit law services; comparison sites; LPOS; volume providers. Over 130 providers are profiled.

• UK Legal Market Briefings (annual for each market segment) – 15 to 20 page briefings on 4 key legal markets that are experiencing change: Conveyancing; Corporate Law; Personal Injury; Wills and Probate. Including: Market Overview; Market Size and Trends; Market Leaders/Profiles; Key Issues and Developments.
Conveyancing Market Briefing published in September 2013 and others to follow.

• Monthly UK Legal Market Trends – a 10-page monthly update on UK legal market trends including market revenue, legal market surveys, ABS progress, details of M&A activity, new services, new developments, industry opinion.

Table Of Contents

IRN Legal

An annual review of the UK legal services market, with half-yearly update


Executive Summary

1.Industry Overview
1.1 Report Coverage and Introduction
1.2 Market Size
1.3 Market Characteristics and Trends
1.4 Market Segmentation
1.4.1 Work Areas
1.4.2 Market Segments
Business/Corporate Affairs
Personal Injury/Accident
Commercial Property
Residential Property
Family Law
Wills and Probate
1.5 Industry Structure
1.6 Solicitor and Barrister Numbers

2.Key Trends
2.1 Alternative Business Structures (ABS) -almost 200
2.2 ABS in Scotland
2.3 Big changes to no-win/no fee and referral fees
2.4 Legal aid reforms continue
2.5 Outcomes focused regulations - the first year
2.6 Concerns over financial stability of some firms
2.7 End of the Assigned Risks Pool
2.8 Direct access to barristers
2.9 Legal executives may work independently
2.10 Fully digitised courts by 2016
2.11 Claims Management Companies - numbers falling

3.Selected Bodies and Associations in Legal Services

4.PEST Analysis
4.1 Political
4.2 Economic
4.3 Social
4.4 Technological

5.IRN Primary Research - In-house Counsel
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Key areas of law
5.3 Outsourcing legal work
5.4 Key issues
5.5 Key criteria when choosing legal advice

6.Competitive Structure
6.1 The Marketplace
6.2 Traditional law
6.3 Leading law firms
6.4 Leading chambers
6.5 Law firms in Scotland
6.6 Mergers and acquisitions
6.7 Top 5 Law Firms - Profiles
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Allen and Overy
DLA Piper
6.8 UK Legal Providers - Movers and Shakers Profiles
BGL Group
Clyde and Co
Cooperative Legal Services
Irwin Mitchell
Parabis Law
Pinsent Masons
Quindell Portfolio
Slater and Gordon Lawyers
Stewarts Law
Wedlake Bell

7.Future Trends
7.1 General Trends
7.2 Forecasts 2013-2014

THE UK LEGAL LANDSCAPE 2013 (1st edition)

Covers over 130 legal services providers in the UK, and includes half-yearly update



1. Traditional Law Firms
1.1 Overview
1.2 Leading Law Firm Brands
1.3 Law Firm Numbers

2. Barristers and Chambers
2.1 Overview
2.2 Direct Services from Barristers

3. Alternative Business Structures (ABS)
3.1 Overview
3.2 Licensed ABS

4. Comparison Sites for Legal Services
4.1 Overview
4.2 Examples of Comparison Sites

5. Legal Helplines
5.1 Overview
5.2 Examples of Legal Helplines

6. Legal Membership Groups/Franchised Networks
6.1 Overview
6.2 Selected Legal Membership Groups/Franchises

7. Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)
7.1 Overview
7.2 Examples of LPOs

8. Not-for-profit Legal Services
8.1 Overview
8.2 Examples of Services

9. Online Legal Documents Services
9.1 Overview
9.2 Examples of Services
9.3 Online Employment and Divorce Services

10. Virtual Law Firms
10.1 Overview
10.2 Selected Virtual Law Firms

11. Volume Providers of Legal Services
11.1 Overview
11.2 Some Examples

12. Other Legal Providers
12.1 Overview
12.2 Some Examples
12.3 White Label Legal Services



4 individual annual briefings covering Conveyancing, Corporate Law, Personal Injury, Wills and Probate


1. Market Introduction

2. Market Size and Trends

3. Market Leaders and Profiles

4. Key Issues and Developments

5. Industry Comment

6. Industry Outlook


Monthly updates on UK legal market revenue, surveys, ABS progress, MandA activity, new services


Our monthly update on the UK legal market will keep you up-to-date on legal market
revenue trends, plus highlight selected survey and research data on the market. There will
also be news of key initiatives and issues.

In this issue:

•UK legal market records growth of 12% in first-half 2013
•The UK's top 200 law firms - mergers drive growth
•ABS update - numbers, in the pipeline, new licensing bodies
•ABS - bad for standards and limited external investment in law firms
•Law firm franchised networks - where have they gone?
•Law firm mergers and acquisitions in the last 2 months

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