2016 has been an interesting year for the legal sector with a number of politically seismic decisions - from the EU Referendum result to Donald Trump's election as the next US President. 

Legal Week has provided a round-up of the seven big developments that have had an impact on the legal sector during the past 12 months: 

1. Growth slows for large firms

2. US politics and Big Law

3. Brexit uncertainty

4. A focus on technology

5. Leadership changes

6. A surge in lateral hiring

7. The gender gap

Although the above will continue to affect the legal community in the New Year, there will undoubtedly be some new and unexpected challenges that will crop up... all we can do is wait and see.