Civil procedures: Firms will experience more price competition, pressuring revenue despite steady demand

Over the five years to 2017, the Law Firms industry experienced slow but steady growth. Demand for legal services has been facilitated by increases in corporate profit margins, restructurings, secondary offerings and other capital market activity, benefitting the industry's top firms, which receive the bulk of their revenue from corporate clientele. In addition, the industry's small- and mid-sized players benefitted from a rise in Canadian business formation, which has expanded the overall pool of potential legal clientele. Lastly, strong growth in Canada's real estate market has bolstered demand for firms specializing in real estate law. Industry revenue growth, however, has been constrained by a variety of more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A rise in Canadian businesses has expanded the overall pool of potential legal clientele
  • Firms turned to layoffs, pay freezes and bonus cuts to cut costs
  • As more businesses turn to in-house legal counsel, industry growth will subside
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Law Firms industry is highly labour intensive because its services require a high degree of personal, face-to-face interaction between clients and attorneys. Every client case in unique and requires professional and tailored advice, which can only be provided by a person. In addition, law firms require a large support staff for research, filing, documenting and ad hoc duties. In 2017, IBISWorld expects that for every dollar spent on labour, $0.01 will be allocated toward capital such as equipment and technology.Over the next five years, wages are expected to decline only marginally as a proportion of revenue as a result of technological advancements such as electronic discovery (e-discovery, or reviewing of electronic legal documents). Des...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Law Firms Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Law Firms Industry are

  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • Experienced work force
  • Having a high prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Corporate profit and Demand from finance and insurance in the Law Firms industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Law Firms Industry?

    This industry comprises offices of legal practitioners, such as lawyers, barristers and solicitors, primarily engaged in the practice of law. The industry’s establishments provide expertise in a range of areas of law, such as criminal, corporate, family and estate, patent, real estate and tax.

    Industry Products
  • Commercial law services
  • Civil negligence, personal injury and criminal law services
  • Labour and employment law services
  • Real estate law services
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Corporate law services
  • Criminal law services
  • Family law services
  • Estate law services
  • Intellectual property law services
  • Real estate law services
  • Tax law services
  • Commercial law activities
  • Personal injury activities
  • Property law services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from finance and insurance
  • Number of businesses
  • Crime rate

  • Current Performance
  • Steady profit
  • Other factors contributing to slowdown
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Consolidation and slowing industry participation
  • Tempered revenue growth
  • Table: Law Firms Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Law Firms Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining In Canada
  • Utilities In Canada
  • Manufacturing In Canada
  • Information In Canada
  • Finance and Insurance In Canada
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services In Canada
  • Public Administration in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Leasing in Canada
  • Consumer Electronics Stores in Canada
  • Office Furniture Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Commercial law services
  • Other services
  • Civil negligence, personal injury and criminal law services
  • Real estate law services
  • Labour and employment law services
  • Chart: Law Firms Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic performance
  • Regulations
  • Criminal activity

  • Major Markets
  • Business and corporate clients
  • Households
  • Government and not-for-profit clients
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Law Firms Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Law Firms

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Law Firms Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Law Firms Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Law Firms Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of Businesses (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Initial Public Offering (Ipo)
  • The issuing of a company's common stock to the public for the first time.
  • Insolvency
  • The inability to pay debts.
  • Mergers And Acquisitions (M&A)
  • The buying, selling and combining of companies.
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  • Professional work that is undertaken voluntarily and without payment.
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