EY will enter UK legal market as part of its multidisciplinary approach

EY has been granted a licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, enabling it to provide legal services in England and Wales as an alternative business structure (ABS).

EY, a global professional services firm, is announcing its intention to become an integrated, multidisciplinary practice providing corporate, commercial, employment and financial services legal advice alongside its existing services.

EY has already appointed three UK partners, and the team will be led by Philip Goodstone and Matthew Kellett. Kellett will lead financial services, Goodstone will head up all other services and Daniel Aherne will build and lead the employment law team. A further 30 people will be recruited in the next six months.

Multidisciplinary approach and global scale will be key selling points says EY

Steve Varley, EY’s UK Chairman and Regional Managing Partner in the UK & Ireland, says: “We aren’t competing with the business models of traditional law firms; we are offering something new. By working closely with other parts of the organisation, clients will benefit from our global scale, in-depth industry knowledge as well as having a single point of contact for all of their professional service needs.

“Whether advising on large transactions, employment structures or group reorganisation projects, having lawyers, accountants and other professional advisers working side by side will be a real advantage to our clients and ultimately help us to provide a better level of service.”

Philip Goodstone says: “While we are still in the recruitment phase, we have already received strong levels of interest from a number of clients. Our priority is now to grow the team to ensure that we are able to meet this demand. We welcome the opportunity to build a quality UK offering with both junior and experienced lawyers in a strong multi-disciplinary practice.”

Global expansion of EY’s legal services

The creation of a UK legal services business continues the expansion of EY’s global law practice, which already has over 1100 people in 60 locations. In the last 12 months, EY has also created legal teams in Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, and will have a presence in more than 80 jurisdictions by 2017.

EY’s Global Law Leader, Cornelius Grossmann, says: “Having a presence within the UK legal market is an important step as we continue to grow globally. The granting of an ABS will complement EY’s already established multidisciplinary law offering as we expand our network internationally.”