The next quarterly Peer Monitor Economic Index (PMI) will be released later this month. Given the myriad of daily and hourly news articles we are all seeing on the economy, we wanted to give you a snapshot this week of one of the trends in the legal industry we have noticed in the most recent quarter.
Almost certainly (and not surprisingly) as a result of the tumultuous financial times, our early analysis is showing strong jumps in demand in the bankruptcy and regulatory sectors of the legal industry.
Here are some indicators: Regulatory work for financial institutions is up nearly 50 percent from a year ago, and regulatory work for securities is up nearly 30 percent. Bankruptcy, which was growing in the single digits earlier in 2008, has accelerated to a growth rate of nearly 20 percent in Q3.
West began publishing the PMI earlier this year to help law firms gain real time data and perspective on how the economy is affecting the legal market. Little did we know how very relevant the PMI would be, given current economic conditions.
Look for our Q3 PMI near the end of October, which will provide one of the only real-time, inside the industry views on how this crisis is playing out in law firms across the country.
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Also, look for news soon from us about working together with Bruce MacEwen’s Adam Smith, Esq. blog. We consider this to be one of the most important social media sites in the legal industry today. As we develop more ways to keep law firm executives apprised of financial trends in the industry, we will be working with Bruce to bring additional law firm financial management information to the marketplace.
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