Epstein Becker Green and Deloitte Legal’s Alliance for Employment Law and Workforce Management Services was featured in Law360’s year-end round-up, “5 Trends That Rocked the Legal Industry in 2019,” by Michele Gorman. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

From some law firms’ hard-knuckle responses to discrimination lawsuits filed against them, to the Big Four’s ongoing creep into the legal sector, these were some of the moments and trends that shook the industry in 2019. …

Big Four’s Progressive Slide Into Legal

The Big Four accounting firms — EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Deloitte — this year continued to expand into some of the services traditionally handled by law firms, and, according to London research firm Acritas, represented four of the five most well-known organizations other than law firms that provide legal services.

The Big Four, which cannot practice law in the U.S., have opened up firms in Europe and are inching their way into the county’s legal market via acquisitions and joint ventures.

For example, piggybacking on a 2018 alliance it formed with U.S.-based immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, Deloitte Legal in May launched a partnership with Epstein Becker Green for labor and employment law issues. The alliance provides the accounting giant access to the law firm’s large cadre of employment attorneys to provide legal services to clients where it cannot due to strict regulations surrounding who can practice law in the U.S. …

For more information, please read our Announcement, “Epstein Becker Green and Deloitte Legal Launch Strategic Alliance to Address Global Workforce Management Issues.”

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