Annual Law Firms’ Survey 2017

Time for change

Welcome to our 2017 Annual Law Firms' survey. Here you'll find section by section key themes and findings. Join the conversation on twitter: #PwCLawSurvey

Summary

Due to client needs and demands, technological and workforce changes are becoming more frequent, our 2017 Law Firms' survey shows that the need for law firms to change is accelerating. 

Watch our overview video as David Snell, head of our Law Firms' Advisory group considers the results and looks at what law firms should do to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. You can also explore historic data using the interactive tool and download the survey below.

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2017 Law Firms’ Survey

Explore the data

Using the tool below, you can explore the results of all of our Law Firms' surveys from 2009 to 2017. From key KPIs for law firms including 'fees per fee earner' and 'profit margins', to yearly changes in the size of Top 100 by fee income and male vs female full equity partners. You can analyse and compare the performance of the top 100 firms in the legal sector over the last 10 years.

Access the explorer below and download the full report to get a more detailed analysis of the 2017 results:

Explore by selecting a date and range
      KPIs
      Fees per fee earner (£'000)
      PEP (£'000)
      Profit margins (%)
      Chargeable hours 1-5 years pqe (hours)
      Size of Top 100 by fee income
      Top 10
      Top 11-25
      Top 26-50
      Top 51-100
      Summary P&L
      Staff
      cost
      Property
      cost
      Other
      cost
      Male vs Female full equity partners (%)
      % spend on Business Support
      Secretarial support
      Training & HR
      Finance function
      IT revenue
      Marketing & BD
      Other support functions

        

      The law firm of the future

      Due to client needs and demands, technological and workforce changes all becoming more frequent, this year’s survey shows that the need for law firms to change is accelerating. The key question we ask is how should law firms adapt to the rapidly changing landscape. What will the successful law firm of the future look like? 

      We believe the law firms that plan for change and adapt to the rapidly transforming landscape will be the ones that thrive in an extremely competitive environment, they will be the successful leading law firms of the future.

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      Contact us

      David Snell
      Head of Law Firms Advisory Group
      Tel: +44 (0)20 7213 8247
      Email

      Kate Wolstenholme
      UK Leader of Industry for Business Services
      Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 4803
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