Half of UK law firm partners would like to start their own firm: survey

Improved work-life balance and higher quality work are among the reasons listed

Half of UK law firm partners would like to start their own firm: survey

Many UK law firm partners are looking to set up their own firm despite the economic climate, reported the Law Society Gazette.

A survey commissioned by litigation funder Harbour found that half of the 200 partners surveyed were seriously considering setting up their own practice, citing working arrangements, independence and retaining profits for growth as motivating factors, the Gazette reported.

The report determined that four in 10 felt retaining a greater share of the profits for reinvestment would be a serious benefit of running their own firm, while 44% said having their own firm would give them greater quality of work, and 38% cited an improved work-life balance as a motivating factor for setting up on their own.

With the cost of living on the rise, just over a third of partners said they were looking at reducing numbers of support staff at their current firms; a similar percentage are considering reducing the number of fee-earners, reported the Gazette.

Ellora MacPherson, chief investment officer at Harbour, told the Gazette: “Despite the economic headwinds, it seems partners are still attracted by the flexibility and financial benefit of setting up their own firm.

“With law firms and their partners having weathered turbulent economic times during the pandemic, it is clear that many are looking at alternative options for their future careers. Our survey shows a real appetite to break out of the traditional mould, not just amongst partners at the largest firms, but also smaller firms, and across the regions.”


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