The Legal Needs of Small Businesses
Based on a YouGov survey of 10,528 small business owners (i.e. with up to 50 people), but most of this applies to larger SME's too.
- £9.79bn - the total losses to small firms due to legal problems
- 40,000 legal problems in the last 12 months, but with numbers falling.
- One third of respondents contacted support providers that were unable to help them.
- Almost 50% would only use a legal service provider as a "last resort."
- Just 4% believe that "not" finding a suitable lawyer has affected growth of their business .. so it's perceived that lawyers don't make a difference that matters?
- 87% viewed lawyers as not cost effective
- The statistics don't put lawyers in a good light, but the report also highlights opportunities for lawyers that are prepared to target new business here effectively ... with the right strategy, services and support.
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Conclusions of the LSB Report:
- There needs to be greater clarity of the services offered by the legal profession to small firms.
- Organisations providing legal services to small firms need to be more proactive and communicate their offerings much more effectively if access to the legal system is to be improved.
- The legal profession needs to make stronger strategic ties with other key business support providers.
- Small business owner-managers would also benefit from their own representative organisations raising the importance and potential contribution of legal services to help them set up their business, develop it and enhance their business performance.
- Legal professionals would benefit from closer ties with small business owners through education and educational institutions.
- There needs to be a strong communications initiative at the level of the legal profession and with small business groups as a whole.