Accounting firm bulks up its legal footprint with senior hires

By Stefanie Garber|12 June 2016
PwC

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.

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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.

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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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