Number Of Law Firms In The UK

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Nick Jervis, Law Firm Marketing Consultant & Solicitor (non-practising).

How many law firms or solicitors practices are there in the UK?

Whilst I hear a lot of doom and gloom about the trials and tribulations of running a law firm, I am also lucky enough to work with a great many solicitors who are very effective with their marketing and so run very profitable and successful practices (I would say that as they are my clients wouldn’t I)!

So I am always fascinated when the latest number of law firms are released by the law society, and at the end of November the total number of law firms in practice were 10,925, which is only 20 less than November 2010. So many firms are still battling on despite this Government’s best endeavours to end a profitable life for solicitors. As an aside I was discussing law firm marketing with a specialist who does what I do in the States. He explained that their Government which contains many lawyers actually go out of their way to help lawyers in business by passing favourable laws for them. He was amazed when I told him that despite the fact that many of our Government also contains former lawyers they go out of their way to prevent solicitors making a profit.

Back to the number of law firms, almost one third of them are sole practitioners, and in my view they have a distinct advantage over larger law firms: namely the ability to make decisions and act upon them quickly. I refuse to work with any firms with more than three partners because in my experience they need to hold 300 committee meetings before making a small marketing decision, by which time the opportunity has gone (because sole practitioners marched in and took action).

So to all firms still battling on out there I say well done. And for those of you who do not want it to be such a battle, sign up for my marketing advice below and I will make your life a lot more fun (if you take action that is)!

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I first stumbled across Nick when searching on Amazon for help growing a firm in the legal sector.

Straight away I was struck by his no-nonsense approach, so after checking out a preview of his book, I bought it on Kindle and started devouring it straight away.

What was immediately apparent was that Nick really does know what he’s talking about, which was hugely refreshing in an industry with plenty of bluffers and chancers.

I found the fact that Nick has actually been there and done it in the legal world very compelling indeed, and after finishing the book, I knew there was plenty he still had to teach me.

I booked a free call, which contained plenty of value, but what became clear is that if I was really going to get Nick’s personalised help to grow my firm, I needed to do it properly, so after speaking to a couple of Nick’s clients to reassure myself I was making the right decision, I took the plunge, and booked the Steady Stream of New Clients meeting.

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From the moment my wife Rachael and I arrived, Nick put us at complete ease and we quickly built up a strong rapport, and thanks to the pre-meeting preparation put in by all parties, we were able to wring a huge amount of value out of it, because most of the fact-finding had already been completed before the meeting began.

Consequently, the meeting was chockfull of useful, actionable information, and most importantly, that information was grounded on what actually works in the real world – no theory in sight.

When we left Bristol, we were hugely energised and excited; but more than that, we also had clarity, and three days later, things were even clearer, thanks to the report Nick prepared for us detailing exactly what marketing we needed to be doing AND how to make sure that that marketing was actually implemented.

Having used a consultant in the past, my biggest fear was that there’d be a lot of talking around the issues, and a whole lot more questions than answers, but that simply isn’t how Nick works.

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If you’re considering booking one of Nick’s Steady Stream of New Clients meetings, I would say, unhesitatingly, that you need to go for it”

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