This book by one of the leading international legal academics is a study of the origins, development, current state and likely future of the legal profession in England and Wales. Based on a review of existing sources, as well as original research, this book provides a wide range of facts on all aspects of the legal profession: solicitors and barristers; professional associations; legal education and academia; and links with the judiciary and politics. Who are the lawyers? What are the structures of their practices, and what are the links between the different groups? What do they earn? How are they regulated? How are they responding to the new pressures in modern society?