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LSSA LexisNexis Review of the attorneys' profession 2016


Download the report here.

Read the report in the November 2016 issue of De Rebus here.

HIGHLIGHTS

►The majority of respondents were sole practitioner or small firms.
         – 72% have under 10 professional and support staff and fewer than 5 fee-earners.
         52% of respondents were partners/directors.

►Boutique/niche firms tend to have 1 to 2 free-earners. Larger firms are more generalist.

►Top practice areas: Conveyancing, commercial and family law

Ownership by race of respondents
Fully white owned – 60%
Fully black owned – 11%
Mixed ownership – 20%


Ownership by gender of respondents

Fully male owned – 53%
Fully female owned – 20%
Mixed ownership – 27% In these firms 50% or less of the decision makers are female.

Research
Online on PC/laptop -- 91%
Print -- 47%
Mobile -- 20%
86% of respondents said access to the internet is not a barrier to doing online research.

Hourly rates
Only a small percentage of recipients bill more than R3 000 per hour (page 31)

Briefing
25% of respondents appear in the High Court (52% only brief advocates)
Choice of advocate
Long-standing relationship 57%
Word of mouth 21%
Transformational imperatives 6%
24% of respondents brief black advocates frequently.
22% of respondents brief female advocates frequently.

Trends
Since 2014, 10% more firms are planning to invest in marketing.
30% of firms plan to invest in technology soon.
Since 2014, there is a 19% increase in online services as a growth imperative for the firm.
92% of firms indicate that smarter use of technology is important for growth.
64% identify social media as important for growth (15% more than in 2014).