As legal professionals position themselves to endure the peaks and troughs of an ailing economy, a number of different trends have emerged in the legal industry in recent past. Most of these trends help law firms and organizations become more competent, dynamic and competitive in a global market. Other trends result from changing demographics, attitudes and work styles. Today clients insist higher service levels for lower fees. As a result, law firms continue to face pressures to strip out inefficiency and cut costs and the partnership model is being re-evaluated as the sector faces up to new market entrants.