MHA Legal Benchmarking report 2019

MHA’s Legal Benchmarking Report reveals how the changing legal landscape and a fall in fee income has had a positive impact on many practices, prompting them to scrutinise their profitability drivers and reduce expenditure, resulting in improved profit per equity partner figures.

Key findings

  • Growth in start-ups and niche ‘boutique’ practices
  • Fee income trends a mixed bag – only two categories achieve a significant rise
  • All practice sizes – except one – report a marked improvement in Profit per Equity Partner (PEP)
  • Significant decrease in partner and practice funding
  • Lock up levels remain static, although smaller partner firms struggle to gain control
  • Firms under pressure to be more agile, increase investment in IT and offer flexible working patterns