In late November of 2017 we wrote about the law-firm research surveys we had identified at that time. Since then, we have added many more to the collection. As of this writing, the set has reached 234 surveys involving 64 law firms. Of those surveys, U.S. law firms accounted for just under half, followed by about half as many by U.K. firms and a scattering of firms from sources: Canada (18), Israel, more than one country, Vereins, or firms that straddle the U.S. and the U.K (“USUK” in the plot that follows). The plot shows the numbers and distribution for the firms.
At this point, we know of 30 firms that have dipped their toe into the water of research surveys only one time. As to the promiscuous surveyors, six firms have done so in double digits (more than 10 surveys), with a single firm (CMS) accounting for 20 surveys.
The plot that follows shows an increasing number of research surveys each year since approximately 2012. Not that all research surveys by law firms have been identified, far from it. Nevertheless, 2017 has so far surfaced at least 55 surveys, and 2018 has generated at least 15 in the first three months, a pace that would exceed the 2017 total.