Organisation Description Year
Royal Bank of Scotland

A perspective on the legal market

Report suggests that recession has caused a drop in fee income and charge out rates among big firms (page 7).

Civil Justice Council

Response to Consultation on Court Fees – July 2004

Breakdown of Court Fees increases from 1998-2004

Business and Economic History

Deregulation and Professional boundaries: Evidence from the English Legal Profession James H. Love and Frank H. Stephen

Suggested that when licensed conveyancers first entered the market, they charged 20-30% less. But then, over time, price increased among solicitors (page 798). And then price differential between solicitors and conveyancers decreased too (page 799).

Ministry of Justice

Claims Management RegulationImpact of Regulation – Third Year Assessment

Commenting on the impact of increased referral fees, report states:
There was no evidence that increases in referral fees had led to an increase in the price of legal services. Price does not play a strong role in personal injury cases because of the prevalence of

Jim Diamond

2009 Hourly Rate survey

Time series of hourly charge out rates broken down by solicitor segments.

The Law Society

More civil justice? The impact of the Woolf reforms on pre-action behaviour

Discusses whether legal costs had increased post-Woolf in PI cases (page XXXvii) – yes, . In insurance cases, claimant rates went up, defendant rates fell (page 62).

University of Manchester - Institute for Law, Economy and Global Governance

Liberalization of Legal Services

Various reports suggest that advertising leads to lower fees (page 5)

Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners

Trusted advisor: THE FUTURE A report on the future of UK trust and estate practice by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Highlights increasing resistance from clients to pay by the hour, wanting fixed fees. – page 10

Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

CDS Direct: Flying in the face of the evidence

Yes – move towards tending and fixed price for police advice (page 37 – 38).

Office of Fair Trading

Evaluation of OFT Competition Advocacy Prepared for the Office of Fair Trading by London Economics April 2010

Impacts of regulation changes on costs -
In Australia, the removal of lawyers

Harvard Law School

Overview of the Professional Services Industry and the Legal Profession

Looking at law firms in the US, reports on upward trend in the cost of securing legal services – page 5
“Over the last decade, corporate firms have increased their hourly rates by 6-8 percent annually, nearly double the rate of inflation. Such rate increases have been a driving force behind the increased profitability of many large and mid-sized law firms. In one sample, rate increases accounted for two thirds of revenue gains achieved between 2003 and 2004. Page 6

Nottingham University Business School

Fees for Family Barristers: A statistical Analysis

Overall payments to counsel in some cases seems to have increased over time (page 7). Table shown on page 8. Payment costs where counsel was not used on page 9. Conclusions on page 16.

European University Institute

The market failure justification for the regulation of professional service markets and the characteristics of consumers

Report lawyers who advertise tend to charge less than those that do not (page 4). Some nuances to this point on same page.

Ministry of Justice

Is the 2007 court fee remission system working?

Report discusses discount costs of court fees – eligibility rates (page 29).

Bar Council

Submission by the Bar Council of England and Wales to the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s Call for Evidence on Referral Arrangements

Report refers to Jackson report, which in turn said that referral fees for PI work added to litigation costs without adding value (page 8).