This report of small firms suggests an increased rate of law firm mergers within sampling.
YouGov poll of 150 sole practitioners commissioned by LawyerLocator in May 2010, 130 (87%) said they fear that the future of high street law firms is in jeopardy. Page 4
A reduction in the number of firms who refer work to the Bar. Even if the volume of referred work does not decline the concentration of referrals in a smaller number of firms will reduce the points of access to work and privilege certain relationships over others. Page 2
Discussion of the likely impact of legal aid reform
Estimate that as many as 3,000 firms could go bust – page 17
Number of firms opening and closing in the last 12 months – Page 5
Overview of smaller firms potential responses to legal services reform.