Due process: Rising business activity and disposable income will bolster industry growth

Participants in the Law Firms industry range from sole practitioners to full-service legal firms mostly serving corporate clients. Industry growth has been modest in the five years to 2017 as businesses expand and corporate profit increases. As the economy continues to improve, the industry will benefit from higher corporate activity. Increasing mergers and acquisitions as well as strength in initial public offerings will continue to improve revenue for the industry's top firms, which receive the bulk of their revenue from major corporate clients. Additionally, a rise in business formation will expand the clientele for law firm services, and a rebounding real estate market will bolster revenue for firms specializing in real estate law...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$305bn
Annual Growth 12-17
1.1%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
1.4m
Businesses
461,093
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • An increase in IPOs and M&A activity will improve revenue for the industry’s top firms
  • Competition for employment remains high among recent law school graduates
  • The industry’s largest firms will continue to expand overseas in emerging markets
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The region with the greatest concentration of industry establishments is the Southeast, which accounts for an estimated 26.9% of industry establishments in 2017. Following closely behind, in terms of establishment concentration, is the West and Mid-Atlantic, with 17.6% and 16.8% of industry establishments, respectively.In general, law firm concentration is proportional to a region's population. However, the Mid-Atlantic, which includes New York and Washington, DC, has a higher concentration of law firms than its population share. Major law firms located in New York derive a significant portion of revenue from commercial practices related to financial deals, and New York also houses the office headquarters of many of the industry's largest law firms. Law...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Law Firms Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Law Firms Industry are

  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • Experienced work force
  • Having a high prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Corporate profit and Initial public offerings in the Law Firms industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Law Firms Industry?

    This industry comprises offices of legal practitioners, known as lawyers or attorneys, who primarily practice law. Establishments provide expertise on a range of areas or specific areas of law, such as criminal, corporate, family and estate, patent, real estate or tax.

    Industry Products
  • Commercial law services
  • Criminal law, civil negligence and personal injury
  • Real estate law
  • Labor and employment
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing criminal law services
  • Providing corporate law services
  • Providing family law services
  • Providing estate law services
  • Providing intellectual property law services
  • Providing real estate law services
  • Providing tax law services
  • Providing commercial law services
  • Providing personal injury services
  • Providing property law services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Corporate profit
  • Initial public offerings
  • Number of businesses
  • Crime rate

  • Current Performance
  • Increasing profit margins
  • Increased consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry mergers
  • Industry constraints
  • Table: Law Firms Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Law Firms Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Information
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Computer Stores
  • Office Furniture Manufacturing
  • Office Supply Stores

  • Products & Services
  • Commercial law services
  • Other services
  • Criminal law, civil negligence and personal injury
  • Real estate law
  • Labor and employment
  • Chart: Law Firms Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Litigation activities
  • Regulations
  • Criminal activity
  • Real estate market

  • Major Markets
  • Business and corporate clients
  • Households
  • Government and not-for-profit clients
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Law Firms Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Wages
  • Profit
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Law Firms

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Law Firms Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Law Firms Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Law Firms Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of businesses (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Big Law
  • The largest firms in the Law Firms industry.
  • Initial Public Offering (Ipo)
  • The issuing of a company's common stock to the public for the first time.
  • Insolvency
  • The inability to pay debts.
  • Mergers And Acquisition (M&A)
  • The buying, selling and combining of companies.
  • Pro Bono
  • Professional work that is undertaken voluntarily and without payment.
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