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IRN Research: UK Legal Services Market Intelligence Reports Annual Subscription – £1,000

All our regular legal market research reports are available in a discounted annual subscription. Each PDF report offers a market overview, an analysis of key trends and issues, key supplier profiles, market forecasts and an analysis of original research on the market from IRN.  The research reports cover:

  • Clinical Negligence – January 2018, £180
  • Conveyancing – May 2017, £180
  • Personal Injury – October 2017, £180
  • Wills & Probate – November 2017, £180
  • Family Law – December 2017, £180
  • UK Business Law – January 2017, £180
  • UK Legal Services Market – February 2018, £400
  • UK Medico-Legal & Insurance Market – March 2017, £180
  • COMBINED SUBSCRIPTION TO ALL OF THE ABOVE plus the UK Monthly Legal Market Trends bulletin – £1,000 (plus VAT)

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UK Conveyancing Market – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The UK Conveyancing Market Briefing 2018 is an annual Legal Market Briefing from IRN Research and provides an overview of the UK conveyancing market which has witnessed a period of fluctuating trends in the last few years.

The briefing (41pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £190. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £228.




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UK Legal Services Market Report 2018, 8th edition:

The UK Legal Services Market Report 2018 from IRN Research, now in its eighth year, provides a market review of the UK legal services market. The UK legal services market (including private practice firms, barristers, patent agents, and other legal services providers) was valued at an estimated £32.7bn in 2017 and this is an increase of 3.8% on the market value of £31.5bn in 2016.

The introduction of the Legal Services Act 2007 in 2011 started to change the market landscape. Seven years on, the number of law firms has not fallen significantly but many have reduced costs, and staffing, while some have dropped under-performing practice areas.  This is a response to some new competition, and client demands for more flexible services and pricing.

In order to understand these changes and others impacting on the market, the research report has sections for: industry overview; legal services timeline; market sizes and trends; market segments; key issues in the market; key players; primary research on marketing mix for law firms and use of social media by law firms; market forecasts for 2017 to 2022.

The full report, The UK Legal Services Market 2018 (75pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £400/€450/US$560. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £480.




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Clinical Negligence Market 2018 – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The UK Clinical Negligence Market Briefing 2018 is the first edition of an annual Legal Market Briefing from IRN Research and provides an overview of the UK clinical negligence markets.

The clinical negligence market is estimated to generate almost £700 million in gross revenue for law firms in the UK, with gross revenues having risen rapidly over the past three years. Despite efforts to cut the costs of clinical negligence claims, IRN Research anticipate the market will see substantial growth over the coming five years, with gross revenue rising by more than 90% over 2016/17 to 2020/21.

The briefing (39pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £180. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £216.




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The Legal Landscape – AN EVER CHANGING PICTURE

The graphic summarises the legal landscape in England and Wales, almost four years after the Legal Services Act came into force. Download our free graphic/description.

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 Family Law Market 2017 – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The family law market took a major hit in 2014 as the legal aid changes had a major impact on the volume of work, with the market also slowing in 2013 as the changes were first implemented. The market bounced back in 2015 and continued to grow in 2016. In 2017, further growth is anticipated but at a lower rate than in 2016.

A clear majority of family law practitioners are expecting volume and revenue growth over the next 12 months. Key market drivers identified by practitioners are: legal advice in new areas such as same-sex couples and co-habiting couples; more cases involving financial matters and disputes; mediation services; international work.

The briefing (31pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £180/€202/US$240. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £216.




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UK Business Legal Services Market Report 2018 – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The UK Business Legal Services Market Report is the second edition of an annual Legal Market Report from IRN Research and provides an overview of the market and its core market segments. New content this year includes:

  • A survey of 180 UK businesses (90 large/90 SME) on use of, and perceptions of, legal advisers.
  • Analysis of the top 200 law firms, and leading chambers, and the specific verticals they advise.

UK-based business law firms and chambers generated revenues of over £15 billion in 2017, an increase of 4% on 2016 revenues. The two main segments of the business legal market are corporate/ commercial law and dispute resolution/litigation. Other important market segments are employment law, commercial property, mergers & acquisitions, and patents and trademarks.

This report looks at the market structure, recent trends, market size, market forecasts and analyses the results of the business user survey. There are also separate sections on the main sectors of the market.

The report (60pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £350. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £420. US$ price is US$500.

 




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Debt-related Legal Services  – IRN Legal Market Report

The Debt-related Legal Services Report 2017 is an annual Legal Market report from IRN Research and provides an overview of two areas of debt-related legal work: legal work for debt recovery and legal work for debt collection.  The market for debt-related legal services in the UK is growing and saw major growth in key areas in 2016, especially general recovery and insolvencies. The market is expected to see relatively strong future growth, based on rising consumer debt levels which will impact directly on consumer debt recoveries and indirectly (via consumer spending) on B2B debt recoveries.

The briefing (86pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £180. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £216.




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UK Maritime, Shipping and Admiralty Law Market – IRN Legal Market Briefing 

The UK Maritime, Shipping and Admiralty Law Market Briefing 2017 is the first edition of an annual Legal Market Briefing from IRN Research and provides an overview of the UK maritime, shipping and admiralty (MSA) law market.

The UK is a major global shipping hub and a major global hub for MSA work. The bulk of revenue earned by UK MSA legal practices comes from overseas clients and it is global, rather than UK, economic and shipping trends which drives this market.

This briefing studies the market size and trends, including forecasts of the future, market developments and drivers and profiles 28 key legal firms active in this market.

The briefing (57pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £180. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £216.





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UK Personal Injury Market 2018 – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The UK Personal Injury Market Briefing 2018 is the fifth edition of an annual Legal Market Briefing from IRN Research and provides an overview of the UK personal injury and clinical negligence markets.

The personal injury market is a large market, worth almost £4bn annually but  it is struggling to generate any real growth. The new legislation set for April 2020 (increasing small claim limit for PI claims, introducing a range of fixed costs tariffs, encouraging more litigants in person) will negatively impact on the revenues and margins of PI law firms and claims management companies (CMCs). Despite the above outlook,  IRN Research expects the PI market to grow modestly in value terms in 2018 and 2019 but it is likely to decline in 2020 as the new rules start to have an impact.  In the next year or so, it is likely that PI law firms and CMCs will embark on contingency plans and strategies ready for the 2020 reforms.

The briefing (59pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £200. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £240.




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UK Wills, Trusts & Probate Market 2018 – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The UK Wills, Trusts & Probate Market Briefing is the fifth in a series of annual Legal Market Briefings from IRN Research and provides an overview of the UK wills, trusts and probate market. This report has been expanded since the last, including coverage of trusts and estate administration and more detailed market size information.

The wills, trusts and probate market was worth over £1.2 billion in 2017. It is highly fragmented and served by thousands of mainly small providers, often unregulated. An IRN Research consumer survey in October 2018 found that when getting professional legal help making a will, over 60% of consumers still use a solicitor/law firm, and when getting legal help arranging probate almost 8 out of 10 consumers use a solicitor or law firm. Most people only think about making a will as they get older so penetration of wills has remained around 40% of adults year-on-year. Even so, in IRN Research’s 2018 Survey of Practitioners in the sector, almost 7 out of 10 are expecting increased workload in the next 12 months.

The report (50pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £200. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £240.

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UK Medico-Legal and Insurance Market 2018 – IRN Legal Market Briefing

The UK Medico-Legal and Insurance Market Briefing 2018 is the second edition of an annual IRN Legal Market Briefing from IRN Research and provides an overview of the market for medico-legal and insurance services (MLIS), including profiles of companies operating in the market. This market offers two main types of services to legal services providers, insurers and employers: Medical expertise (ME), i.e. medical expert witnesses and medico-legal report writing; and Rehabilitation and allied medical services (RAMS), i.e. medical services to rehabilitate and help an injured or ill individual.

The report discusses the key drivers of the market from medical, economic and legal perspectives and profiles a number of key companies active in the industry. It analyses the size of the market and outlines how legal and other changes will shape the market in the future.

The briefing (79pp, PDF), is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £190/€213/US$264. UK sterling price is plus VAT so total price is £228.




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UK Personal Injury Consumer Research Report 2018

The Personal Injury Consumer Research Report 2018 is the first in a series of new reports from IRN Research (branded as Orchard Reports) on the legal services market and offering insights into consumer behaviour, perceptions, brand awareness, and opinions. This report is based on responses from 567 consumers involved in a personal injury or clinical negligence incident.

The latest consumer research findings from IRN Research show that a clear majority of claim pay-outs – 65% – are up to £5,000, and these would fall under the new small claims limit set to be introduced in 2020.  However, only 20% of survey respondents would be happy to take on a claim on their own through the small claims court.

The Personal Injury Consumer Research Report 2018, and the detailed dataset of all survey results with a demographic analysis is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £2,500 (plus VAT). Discounts for report purchase only, dataset only, or purchases of extracts.





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UK Wills, Trusts & Probate Market 2018 – Consumer Research Report

The latest consumer research findings from IRN Research show that only 37% of adults have made a will, and an estimated 2 million adults made a will in the last 12 months. The wills market is skewed towards older age groups with over six out of ten adults in the over 55s age group having made a will.

The Wills & Probate Consumer Research Report 2018 is the second in a series of new reports from IRN Research (branded as Orchard Reports) on the legal services market and offering insights into consumer behaviour, perceptions, brand awareness, and opinions. This report is based on responses from 1,034 consumers including 379 that have made a will, and 291 that have been involved in estate administration (probate).

The Wills & Probate Consumer Research Report 2018, and the detailed dataset of all survey results with a demographic analysis is available directly from IRN Research, priced at £2,500 (plus VAT).
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