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Legal Systems & Skills: Learn, Develop, Apply (4th edn)

Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, Catherine Shephard, and Scott Slorach
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date: 01 October 2023

p. 62320. Law firms as businesseslocked

p. 62320. Law firms as businesseslocked

  • Scott Slorach, Scott SlorachDirector of Learning & Teaching, York Law School, University of York
  • Judith Embley, Judith EmbleyAssociate Professor, University of Law
  • Peter GoodchildPeter Goodchildis Associate Professor and Programme & Student Lead for the GDL and MA Law at the University of Law (Bloomsbury)
  •  and Catherine ShephardCatherine ShephardSenior Lecturer, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University


This chapter first discusses the business aspect of law firms. Law firms have the same financial motivations and pressures as any other business. They need money (investment) to set up, and then to survive and grow. Law firms need to make a profit, attract clients, and stay ahead of other law firms. They operate within the legal market, producing a product-legal services-the ‘consumers’ of which are the clients. The chapter considers who those clients are, and why they chose a particular firm.

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