This is the 17th edition of the Lexology Insights Germany law firm compensation, benefits and billing report (previously
known as the Germany Legal Market Intelligence report). It was prepared on the basis of in-depth research carried out
during May 2019. The results are based on data supplied by participating law firms, as well as interviews with partners,
office managers and directors of HR and finance. The report was researched by Gwilym Davies of Lexology Insights. We
intend to repeat this exercise annually, addressing any fluctuations in the market, along with new areas as suggested by
respondents. For this reason, we remain eager for feedback on the usefulness of the findings and on how the report’s
format and relevance can be improved.
Profile of participating law firms
We would like to express our appreciation to all of the law firms that provided their time and cooperation in the preparation
of this report. Their identity is confidential.
All of the 20 law firms surveyed are experienced in advising international and domestic clients across a range of corporate,
financial and general business areas. The sample of participating firms breaks down as follows:
• All international law firms (total sample for data analysis) – 20
• UK law firms – 10
• US law firms – 10
With many law firms now truly international entities, the terms ‘US firm’ and ‘UK firm’ above are used to refer to the major
originating component of a law firm.
Mean size of the firms surveyed (German operations):
• All personnel – 255
• Fee-earners – 153
• Support staff – 102
No data analysis was undertaken for groups whose sample size was considered too small.