2022 Legal Trends Report

Today’s legal professionals are faced with the growing challenge of balancing work and life. At the same time, law firms must strive to stand out within the highly competitive market for legal services.

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New this year

Set your practice up for success with the latest industry research on how firms have fared amid major macroeconomic shifts, how lawyers are balancing the flexibility of hybrid work, and what clients look for when hiring a lawyer in 2022.

Based on aggregated and anonymised data from tens of thousands of U.S. lawyers, and surveys of thousands of legal professionals and consumers in the U.S., we uncover insights into some of the most pressing issues facing law firms today.

Key business trends

Amid inflation, rising interest rates, and volatile employment markets, we look at how global trends have impacted business and productivity among law firms.

Where work happens

Using anonymised Clio login data, we looked at how many legal professionals are working at their firm office compared to home—and what this means for the future of hybrid work.

The “typical” workday

We compared app usage with survey information to learn when lawyers prefer to work, and how the realities of work-life balance require clearer boundaries for many.

Better relationships with clients

As consumer expectations continue to evolve, we compared survey data from lawyers and clients to learn how prepared law firms are in meeting the needs of their clients.

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The Legal Trends Report provides information on the most important issues faced within the legal profession. By analysing aggregated and anonymised data from tens of thousands of legal professionals in the U.S., supported by extensive survey research, the report offers unique insights into law firm efficiencies, hourly rates, and other key metrics for success.


Clio is powering the future of legal services for lawyers and their clients through a suite of cloud-based solutions, including legal practice management, client intake and CRM, and client-lawyer communication and collaboration software. Clio has been transforming the industry for over a decade with 150,000 customers spanning 100 countries, and the approval of 100+ bar associations and law societies globally. Clio continues to lead the industry with initiatives like the Legal Trends Report, the Clio Cloud Conference, and the Clio Academic Access Program. Clio has been recognized as a Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 company and a market leader by G2 Crowd. Learn more at clio.com/uk.