Law Firm Revenue Projections

A recent study by a major bank suggests that the revenue of large law firms have been flat or decreased 10%; the next tier of law firms experienced 5 to 15% declines.

But, 2009 should see better results according to this study. Firms have absorbed the increased compensaton for associates. Firms have moderated the growth in their head count, both of new associates and lateral movement that doesn’t return immediate results.

There will be more segmentation of work by corporate law departments. This will provide work for smaller law firms from General Counsel who will be more cost conscious. This will especially be true if the current "value" emphasis by members of ACC (Association of Corporate Counsel) comes to pass.  There will still be work that will not be price-sensitive.



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