Being a Barrister (lawyer) I am always interested in oversupply. (George Ikners ikners.com)
How many solicitors are there in England and Wales? And who are they?
The number of solicitors qualified to work in England and Wales hasrocketed over the past 30 years, according to new figures from the Law Society. The number holding certificates – which excludes retired lawyers and those no longer following a legal career – are at nearly 118,000, up 36% on ten years ago.
The population of England and Wales has only grown at 10% over the same period.
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The report, published as a PDF, gives a comprehensive view of being a solicitor today, including:
• Women accounted for approaching half of all working solicitors, a significant shift in the profile of the profession since 2000 when almost two-thirds were men
• Nearly three-quarters of solicitors work in private practice and a significant number, 20,245, in financial firms in the City
• 58% of women gained first or upper second class degrees in law courses compared to 54.2% for men
• Nearly half of all male solicitors in private practive (48.1%) are partners in law firms whereas only 21.1.% of women achieve that level
The geographic split is weighted disproportionately toward the City of London – there are 1,760 solicitors for every 1,000 residents there. But apart from that anomaly, London dominates.
It is also becoming a more ethnically varied profession. Around 11.1% of practising solicitors were from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, up from 10.6% the previous year – and a big change from 2001.
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Total number of solicitors
Number of solicitors per 1,000 population
Black, min ethnic, %
White Euro, %
SOURCE: LAW SOCIETY
|Rest of inner London||23,543||7.72||19||67|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||7,652||1.46||8||85|
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