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23 per cent of Solicitors in Ireland Work at the 20 Largest Firms

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23 per cent of Solicitors in Ireland Work at the 20 Largest Firms

Monday, March 14, 2016 

23 per cent of Solicitors in Ireland Work at the 20 Largest Firms

As it has done annually for a number of years, the Law Society Gazette publishes details of the number of practising certificates issued by the Law Society to each of the 20 largest firms in the jurisdiction at the end of the most recent practice year. This years' figures show that one in five Irish solicitors work for the country's 20 largest firms at the end of 2015.

Law Society Gazette data published this month shows that, between them, the 20 largest firms in Ireland for 2015 had 2,294 practising certificates issued - an increase of 108, or 5% on the number at the end of 2014.

In total, there were 9,707 practising certificates (PCs) issued by the Law Society to the solicitors’ profession as a whole in 2015, representing an increase of 4% (384) on the 9,323 issued in the previous year:

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Solicitors working at the top 20 firms represent 23% of all practising certificates issued during the year, showing that one in five solicitors work for a Top 20 firm.

18 of the top 20 law firms (90%) are based in Dublin. Ronan Daly Jermyn in Cork and Holmes O'Malley Sexton in Limerick occupy the remaining two places, at 10th and 18th places respectively.

Occupying 1st place in the 2015 ranking, Arthur Cox had the highest number practising solicitors at the end of December 2015, with 289, an increase of 20 on its 2014 total. The firm resumed second place in the table, having overtaken close rival A&L Goodbody, now the second largest firm according to practising solicitor numbers, with 260, representing a reduction of two on its 2014 total.

Matheson occupies 3rd place with 245 practising solicitors, a decrease of 20 on the firms 2014 total .

McCann FitzGerald, followed by Mason Hayes & Curran, William Fry, ByrneWallace and Maples & Calder are 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place respectively.

Eversheds is in 9th place and Ronan Daly Jermyn in 10th.

The overall increase in the roll indicates 384 new solicitors were added in the year to the end of December 2015.

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Women in the Profession

In early 2015, it was reported that Females outnumbered males in the profession, with 4,623 female practising solicitors, compared with 4,609 male practising solicitors. The trend continued in 2015 with approximately two of every three newly qualified solicitors in Ireland being female, and is set to continue for the foreseeable future.

Practising Certificates

Working solicitors must get a practising certificate every year. It is professional misconduct and a criminal offence for a solicitor (other than one in the full-time service of the State or a solicitor solely engaging in conveyancing services for a non-solicitor employer) to practise without such a certificate.

Legal Vacancies Facility Upgraded

An enhanced online legal vacancies facility has just been launched by the Law Society at www. The Legal Vacancies website has long been the premier source for information on legal employment opportunities in Ireland. The new facility will significantly improve services to both job-seekers and employers. Upgraded resources will mean that job-seekers can sign up for personalised job alerts. There will be several new options for employers, including the capability to differentiate their job listing as a ‘Hot job’ or as ‘Job of the week’.

Source: Law Society Gazette, March 2016

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