The headline isn’t great, but it’s not bad either. Judging our annual Legal Business 100 (LB100) results, the industry has done better than expected overall, at least compared to 2015, when the group barely achieved growth despite a relative rebound in the UK and global economy.
This year, revenues across the LB100 dipped 2% to £20.2bn, heavily influenced by the removal of Dentons and Squire Patton Boggs from our tables. Back-of-the-envelope calculations show the group managed to hike income by roughly 3% on a like-for-like basis. Given the slowing of deal activity since the start of 2015 and some easing of investment ahead of the EU referendum, it could have been worse.