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    Legal Services Global Industry Guide 2013-2022

    Global legal services market has grown moderately, posting a rate of 3.1% in 2017. Stronger growth is expected in the forecast period. The number of legal professionals has also increased moderately each year, with expectations for this to continue.


    Asia-Pacific and US markets grew with CAGRs of 5.6% and 1.6% respectively, over the same period, to reach respective values of $97.3bn and $294.2bn in 2017. The performance of the market is forecast to accelerate, with an anticipated CAGR of 3.4% over 2017–2022, which will drive the market to a value of $748.5bn by the end of 2022. Comparatively, the Asia-Pacific and US markets will grow with CAGRs of 6.6% and 2.2% respectively, over the same period, to reach respective values of $133.9bn and $328.0bn in 2022.


    Asia-Pacific has grown at a faster pace than other regions as large companies have been established there for the first time and have been able to grow with less competition than seen in other regions, namely North America or Europe. Baker McKenzie became the first foreign firm to enter China in 2015 and has already been successful. Many companies, especially in the US and Europe, outsource legal services to India, among similar countries, due to low operating costs there. Though this practice has boosted the Indian market greatly, it has also increased competition in the countries that outsource.

    China and India are expected to see continuing levels of strong growth while Japan and Italy will have some of the lowest levels of growth in the forecast period.