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About / Lexology Insights – law firm compensation, benefits and billing surveys

What we do

We have been conducting detailed rewards, operations and billing surveys in key legal jurisdictions around the world for more than 20 years.

The reports resulting from our surveys contain aggregated data on salaries, bonuses, benefits and hourly billing rates for all levels of fee-earner and the full range of legal business services staff.

The data is accompanied by editorial analysis of subjects such as legal market conditions, law firm operations, compensation, recruitment and billing realisation.

  • Specialist law firm compensation, benefits and billing surveys for all major jurisdictions outside the United States and the United Kingdom – annually conducted, independently operated and entirely confidential.
  • An essential tool for any law firm looking to secure a competitive edge in the market, or open new offices in unfamiliar jurisdictions.
  • Used by more than 50 major international law firms annually.
  • More than 20 years’ experience surveying law firms on the international market.
  • Global, regional and bespoke subscription packages available to suit the precise needs of local and central law firm management teams.

Reports available

For an indication of the kinds of charts and tables that appear within our reports, please click here.

  • Prices vary according to jurisdiction.
  • Participation in a research survey for a given jurisdiction guarantees a substantial discount on the list price of the associated report (usually between 40% and 50%).
  • Substantial additional discounts are available for bundles of reports and survey subscription packages covering multiple jurisdictions.
For more information on pricing, survey participation or discounted bundle packages, please contact Gwilym Davies at GDavies@GlobeBMG.com or on +44 (0) 20 7940 6858.

Content of reports

Tables and charts from aggregated survey data covering

  • Base compensation for fee-earners – for all levels from paralegal right up to partner
  • Base compensation for business services staff – for all levels from receptionist right up to chief operating officer
  • Bonuses for fee-earners and business services staff
  • Benefits and allowances for fee-earners and business services staff
  • Holiday and leave for fee-earners and business services staff
  • Standard billing rates for fee-earners – for all levels from paralegal right up to partner
  • Realised billing rates for fee-earners – for all levels from paralegal right up to partner (certain markets only)
  • Staff ratios
  • Demographic breakdowns of personnel

Editorial analysis covering

  • Local legal market conditions
  • General operational trends
  • Recruitment and utilisation trends
  • Salary and benefit trends
  • Billing and realisation trends

Within the reports, for the purpose of comparative data analysis, firms are split into classification groups such as US, UK, domestic and European.
For an idea of the format of a report please view the sample pdf.

Our research surveys

In order to gather the information for our reports, we survey major international law firms and leading local law firms.

Since a great deal of the data provided is highly sensitive, we guarantee all our participant law firms complete anonymity and provide confidentiality agreements to reassure them that their data is in the safest of hands.

As an incentive to take part in our research surveys, we offer participating law firms substantial discounts on the price of associated reports (usually between 40% and 50%). We also offer substantial additional discounts for subscription packages covering multiple jurisdictions.

To purchase one of our reports, visit the Lexology Store.

If you would like to get your law firm involved (and in order to qualify for our discounts), then please contact us.

FAQs - our surveys

  • What are the benefits of participating in one of your surveys?

    Aside from helping to provide a more accurate picture of your local legal market, your law firm will be eligible to obtain the associated report at a substantially discounted price (usually between 40% and 50% off the list price). Reports are typically published around one month after the associated survey has been completed. Our reports are provided in PDF format, with key data tables also provided in Excel format. Both can be distributed within your law firm as needed.

  • Can you tell us whether our law firm has participated in surveys in any other jurisdictions that you cover?

    If you are part of a large international law firm network, then your law firm will most likely have cooperated with us on previous surveys in some jurisdictions. To find out whether your law firm has any history of survey participation, please contact us and we will confirm as soon as possible.

  • What does taking part in one of your surveys involve?

    Participation involves completion of a confidential survey workbook. Where possible, we also like to conduct a short supporting interview, which typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Any information submitted for our surveys remains confidential. Our research is fully independent and documents assuring data confidentiality and anonymity are provided to all participants.

  • Our salary and billing rates are highly confidential – why would we give them to you?

    Naturally, we understand how sensitive this information can be and we have over 20 years’ experience in handling such delicate data. Any survey data that you choose to provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential, and will be used solely to calculate market averages, quartiles and ranges for the associated report. Your law firm’s participation will remain entirely confidential. Formal agreements such as this are always issued to all respondents. Naturally, the more participants that there are for any survey, the more accurate the resulting market data will be. So, if you are planning on purchasing a report, not only will you qualify for a substantial discount by taking part in the associated survey, but you will also be helping to create a better and more accurate product for your law firm in the process.

  • Which law firms took part in the last survey for my jurisdiction?

    We survey only recognised international law firms and leading local law firms in each jurisdiction. Since a great deal of the data that law firms provide to us is highly sensitive, we guarantee all our participants anonymity and provide confidentiality agreements to reassure participants that their data is in the safest of hands. Within the reports, for the purposes of comparative data analysis, we split the survey data from participating law firms into sub-groups such as US, UK, UK mid-market, UK upper-market, US mid-market, US upper-market, international, domestic and European, as well as comparing all law firms together.

  • I’m sceptical about this kind of survey. How do we know that the data being provided to you is accurate?

    In most of the jurisdictions we cover, the surveys are conducted annually. This means that we are able to compare data against previous results and flag up any anomalies to query with participants. We maintain a close relationship with our survey participants and conduct supporting interviews that provide us with an opportunity to discuss data in-depth and investigate any apparent discrepancies. Since the survey participants’ identities remain confidential, there is no reason for law firms to exaggerate their figures.

  • When does the research survey for my jurisdiction take place?

    Research surveys for the various jurisdictions we cover take place on a rolling schedule throughout the year. Although we will usually try to contact all major law firms in a given jurisdiction when we are conducting a survey, we cannot always be sure we have the best contacts in place. To find out when the next survey for your jurisdiction is due, or to see a full schedule for all our upcoming surveys, please contact us.

FAQs - our reports

  • I am interested in the reports, but I would like to see one in more detail.

    You can view a generic version of how we represent some of the data here. If you would like to see an old example of a complete report for your jurisdiction, please contact us.

  • How much do the reports cost?

    Prices vary according to jurisdiction. Participation in the research survey for a given jurisdiction guarantees a substantial discount on the list price of the associated report (usually between 40% and 50%). Substantial additional discounts are also available for bundles of reports and survey subscription packages covering multiple jurisdictions. For up-to-date pricing details, please contact us.

  • Do you offer subscriptions to all your reports?

    We offer full or customised subscription packages at significantly discounted rates. Prices are significantly lower (usually between 40% and 50%) for law firms that can participate in the various associated surveys. contact us for details.

  • There does not seem to be a report available for my jurisdiction – how can we get one?

    The list of jurisdictions covered by our reports changes according to market demand. If your firm is interested in commissioning a report for a jurisdiction not currently available, please contact us.

  • Which law firms were surveyed in my jurisdiction?

    We survey only recognised international law firms and leading local law firms in each jurisdiction. Since a great deal of the data that law firms provide to us is highly sensitive, we guarantee all our participants anonymity and provide confidentiality agreements to reassure participants that their data is in the safest of hands. Within the reports, for the purposes of comparative data analysis, we split the survey data from participating law firms into sub-groups such as US, UK, UK mid-market, UK upper-market, US mid-market, US upper-market, international, domestic and European, as well as comparing all law firms together.

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Gwilym Davies

Head of research

GDavies@GlobeBMG.com