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.
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