Organisation Description Year
Legal Services Board

The future of legal services: Emerging thinking

Pascoe Pleasance – LSRC & UCL – Reports that:
the services offered by solicitors may be a simple reflection of the profitability of different types of work

2010
Solicitors Journal

Worth fighting for

Anecdotal reports of practitioners giving up on legal aid work post-BVT (page 12).

2010
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

CDS Direct: Flying in the face of the evidence

Costs of closed case by CPS was

2008
Frontier Economics

A market analysis of legal aided services provided by solicitors December 2003

Develops a mechanical estimation of supply and discusses the different characteristics of firms at different stages along the cost curve, looking at Crime, Family & Other Civil – Pages 50 to 55

Table 5 shows the private work undertaken by firms holding a contract to undertake publicly funded Crime work. The obvious substitution possibility is from conveyancing, probate, wills and trusts, and personal injury; it accounts for the bulk of private client work undertaken and has a price that is closer to that which can be achieved for publicly funded Crime work (which was around

2003
Kings College London

The Work of the Family BarReport of the Week-At-A-Glance Survey 2008Debora Price PhD & Anne Laybourne MSc

Family Barristers:
Median effective hourly gross rates of pay for barristers are about

2008
Solicitors Journal

No substitute

Legal aid pays

2010
American Bar Association

eLawyering for a Competitive Advantage

Productizing a legal service means systemizing the production of the service, rather than custom crafting the service every time you produce it. Often this means integrating a digital application with the production of the legal service. Unlike the legal form companies discussed above, a law firm still has to provide a human service, but the amount of this human service can be greatly reduced by using online software applications. By shifting a portion of the legal work to the client, attorney time is released for more complex matters, or other pursuits. In many industries, the customer as a co producer of a service or product has resulted in great leaps of productivity and efficiency. When a client inputs their data into a web form, which results in the instant creation of a first draft document, ready for attorney review, there is a great saving in attorney time and effort. page 9
Types of applications that do this include On-line calculators, client appointment scheduling, client data intake, interactive legal advisers, online case management, online dispute settlement. Pages 10-11

2008
International Financial Services London

Legal Services 2009

Profits of top 100 law firms – page 2

Breakdown of exports of legal services – pages 11-12

2009
International Financial Services London

Legal Services 2009 Data

Profits of top 100 law firms – Table 3 & Chart 3

Exports of legal services – page 11

2009
Lord Justice Jackson

Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Final Report Lord Justice Jackson

Review looking at costs of civil justice states:
Range of respondents asserting that other work is used to cross subsidise legal aid becuse of low rates of pay – Pages 67-69

2009
Cardiff University

Damage based contingency fees in employment cases

Suggestion that damage-based contingency work is only profitable on volume cases, where economies of scale can cut costs (page 53).

2008
Bar Council

The Future of the Bar by Nicholas Green QC, June 2010

The ratio of overheads to total fee income in specialist commercial and civil sets was circa 8-14%. In more middle of the road mixed common law sets the ratio was circa 15-22%. In family sets the ratio was 18-25%. In criminal sets the ratio was circa 18-30%. The figures exclude individual barristers

2010