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Accounting firm bulks up its legal footprint with senior hires

Accounting firm bulks up its legal footprint with senior hires


Big four accounting firm PwC has added five partners to its legal arm in recent months, recruited from a number of leading firms.

In the past month, PwC Legal Services has hired three Melbourne-based partners: Ashley Poke from Baker & McKenzie, Tiffany Barton from Ashurst and Cameron Whittfield from Gilbert + Tobin.

The three join former Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner James Delesclefs, who moved to PwC earlier this year, and fellow Gilbert + Tobin alum Damian McNair who came over in December last year.

The new hires take the PwC legal services team to 12 partners and more than 60 lawyers in Australia.

PwC legal services leader Tony O’Malley said there is a growing demand for integrated legal services.

"In today’s competitive legal market, clients see technical excellence as simply a 'ticket to ride'," he said.

"What sets us apart is our ability to seamlessly integrate legal services across a range of commercial disciplines and bring together strong client and industry insights."

Mr Poke, who has more than 20 years' experience, specialises in M&A, private equity and governance matters.

Ms Barton’s specialisation is private and public M&A, joint ventures and commercial contracts, while Mr Whittfield has expertise in digital, telecommunications, media and technology.

Mr Delesclefs is a private equity expert, having practised in both the UK and the US.

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