Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014 on 2:41 pm

Yorkshire defies nationwide fall in practising solicitors

Law Society England And Wales

The Yorkshire and Humberside is one of the only regions in the UK avoiding an annual decline in the number of Practicing Certificate (PC) holders.

According to the annual report for 2013 published by the Law Society of England and Wales, there were 7,864 practicising solicitors in Yorkshire and Humberside in 2013, increasing from the previous year of 7,856.

Other regions in the UK experienced a decline in numbers however, such as the East Midlands.

Nationwide, the number of PC holders linked to a named organisation decreased by 0.9 per cent to 127,676, compared to the previous year.

The report also found that the total number of PC holders has almost tripled since the current statistical series began in 1983, but rates of growth have slowed since the late 1990s.

Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, said: “Change and competition within the legal sector is intensifying and this is having a major impact on many businesses.

“An improvement in the economy has not yet fed through to all solicitors, and many smaller firms are struggling in the wake of fundamental changes in areas of work such as legal aid, civil justice and family law.”

The report also found that younger solicitors are more likely to be female, and Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups continue to represent a growing proportion of PC holders.

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