The Big Four accountancy giant is the latest to enter the legal playing field with major plans to develop its offerings to corporates and compete with law firms.
New leaders need to get on with the job, says management guru Patrick McKenna who muses over the problems of the long slow goodbye.
FUTURE OF LAW
Traditional law firms are on the wane, as the legal profession moves from guild to marketplace and the myths of legal practice are uncovered, says legal professor and entrepreneur Marc Cohen.
This week's appointments includes a hot trade hire for Kirkland & Ellis in Geneva and a move by Linklaters to strengthen its Washington DC office.
Chatbots and conversational search will be the focus for legal technologists next year, say Jeff Pfeifer of LexisNexis and Josh Becker of Lex Machina who give their predictions on what's hot and what's not.
CLUB OF 15
The big-hitters are part of a Club of 15, which are leaving other firms on the sidelines when it comes to getting big-ticket work, says Citi.
The team includes Ince's former head of energy Jeremy Farr and are the latest additions to K&L's expanding energy practice.
LAW FIRM MERGERS
More law firms than ever took the plunge last year as they sought to find ways of differentiating their offerings in a highly competitive market.
Revenues at Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance increased with management awards on the increase.
As regulators up their games globally, individuals are finding themselves in the line of fire.