Simply over half of the UK 200 Independents suppose buying and selling situations shall be harder in 2018/19 in comparison with final 12 months, unique knowledge from The Lawyer has proven.

Brexit remains to be a major concern for the UK’s regional and nationwide regulation companies, ranked 101 to 200 in The Lawyer’s annual chart.

In an attitudinal survey, simply over half thought buying and selling situations could be harder whereas 31 per cent of respondents neither agreed nor disagreed with the assertion. Simply 12 per cent of companies imagine buying and selling situations shall be higher.

Extra companies, nonetheless, gave a impartial forecast for the present 12 months than final 12 months, and the proportion providing a damaging forecast dropped. Brexit and financial uncertainty had been cited as the principle causes for companies considering buying and selling could be harder this 12 months than final.

“Throughout the vary of shoppers we’re not particularly uncovered to the impression of Brexit, although undoubtedly uncertainty within the enterprise neighborhood impacts on everybody’s view of brief time period threat and the timing of investments and divestments,” one agency mentioned.

“Purchasers will proceed to search for extra by means of service and worth relative to the worth they’re ready to pay.”

Brexit, IT infrastructure points, cybersecurity, and departing expertise had been cited because the elements that might have probably the most important impression on the monetary place of the Independents within the subsequent 12 months. Numerous Independents are investing closely in IT and are assured it will assist increase income.

Turnover throughout the 100 Independents rose by a mean of seven.eight per cent final 12 months, with development accelerating in comparison with earlier years.