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Deloitte U.K. Legal Bulks up with Hire from Squire Patton Boggs

July 23, 2019, 5:31 PM

The legal division of Deloitte’s U.K. branch has announced two new partners, including former London-based Squire Patton Boggs attorney Liz Pierson and the former managing partner of British firm Travers Smith.

Andrew Lilley will head up Deloitte’s U.K.-based employment law practice, where he will advise clients on workforce and employee relations issues. He was managing partner at Travers Smith from 2010-14, a year before he stepped down from the firm to teach.

Pierson will become the legal lead for Deloitte’s “Reward” practice. She’ll manage about 20 lawyers who offer legal advice regarding executive remuneration and equity issues for both private and public corporate clients.

Pierson has worked as a partner with Squire Patton Boggs since 2017, where she’s advised clients on the impacts of IPOs and corporate takeovers, among other issues.

Prior to that, Pierson worked at Clifford Chance for four years as senior counsel, and has also worked as an in-house governance and reward-issue lawyer for Virgin Media.

“Andrew and Liz both have fantastic track records in their respective fields,” Michael Castle, U.K. managing partner for Deloitte Legal, said in a statement.

The lawyers’ respective knowledge of employment law and reward “will add to a wealth of expertise across Deloitte,” he said, “providing clients with technology-enabled, practical solutions to tackle the complexities they face.”

“Having the right reward strategy is a crucial competitive advantage in the world of work,” said Pierson in the statement. “Pay structures, equity incentives and performance related pay are often misunderstood, but the right approach to reward can help increase employee engagement, reduce cost and improve talent acquisition and retention.”

Deloitte’s legal arm in the U.K. employs more than 60 “client facing” attorneys, and another 125 fee earners, including those who deliver regulated legal activities.

Deloitte Legal currently has about 2,500 lawyers working in more than 80 countries. Its growth in recent years has mirrored the fast-rising legal arms of the three other Big Four accountancies, KPMG, EY, and PwC.

Lilley’s hire comes two months after Deloitte formed an alliance with the U.S. law firm Epstein Becker Green, through which the firm and Deloitte’s legal division will offer employment law and workforce management services to clients.

Through the deal, the law firm—which boasts a 200-lawyer employment, labor and workforce practice group—will provide “joint service offerings” that will include advice on global mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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