Deloitte has opened a legal business services practice in the U.S., expanding a line of business it has offered abroad.
The new practice will offer legal management consulting and managed services to help legal departments, but Deloitte won’t be turning into a law firm. The firm emphasized that it won’t be practicing law or offering legal advice to clients.
The U.S. launch is part of Deloitte’s effort to expand legal services internationally. Other Big Four firms such as PwC, KPMG and EY have also been expanding their legal services abroad and to some extent in the U.S. Deloitte is also facing competition from Andersen Global, the revived Arthur Andersen network, which has expanded from tax services into legal services, striking deals with both tax and law firms around the world. Deloitte is targeting corporate legal departments, however, specifically chief legal officers, who can leverage Deloitte’s industry expertise, technology and presence