About the legal industry
The legal services industry encompasses a wide variety of services for clients that require legal assistance. The industry includes private practice, the public sector and in-house in industry. The global recession has resulted in some organisations within the legal industry downsizing or merging with other organisations. Government cuts have created a reduction in the number of firms offering publicly funded legal advice. The result of this has been that more clients seek guidance from the voluntary legal advice sector, for example, The Legal Services Commission.
The legal sector is a varied sector covering many different aspects of law. Areas within the sector include property law, environmental law, intellectual property law, international law, insolvency and employment law. There are many large organisations within the industry, for example, Eversheds is a global law firm.