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PwC legal arm makes aggressive push in Australian market

By Neasa MacErlean

09 December 2015 at 09:01 BST

PwC has recruited a senior lawyer who was previously at Gilbert + Tobin with the aim of better understanding how law firms work, rather than simply acquiring legal practices and letting them develop at arm's length.


Tony O’Malley, PwC's Australia and Asia Pacific legal services leader, said: 'We’ve probably been the most aggressive to date in the Australian market, which is a position we’re very happy to take.' 

Clients - very willing to innovate

Describing the recruitment of Melbourne-based Damian McNair as head of projects, Mr O'Malley said that PwC - which is aiming to be a top 20 legal practice - wanted to bring in someone who had already run a top law firm. Mr O'Malley added that clients are 'very willing' to innovate and to try new things, something which makes this a good time for the Big Four accountancy firms to offer them legal services. Source: Lawyers Weekly


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