PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australia has integrated the legal
business operated by its associate firm, PwCLegal, into the PwC
Australia partnership, forming what the firm said is Australia’s
largest multi-disciplinary partnership (MDP).

Under the new structure, all legal partners and employees
previously operating in PwCLegal will join PwC Australia. The MDP
will initially be based in the eastern states of New South Wales
and Victoria, and will expand to the other states in due
course.

PwC Australia legal services leader Andrew Wheeler said the
partnership is part of a global strategy. “The move to a single
partnership model for the delivery of both legal and non-legal
services aligns with PwC’s global legal strategy of providing legal
services that complement the firm’s core tax, advisory and
assurance offerings,” Wheeler said.

“Additionally, the move will further enhance PwC’s ability to
provide its clients with end-to-end solutions as well as simplify
their acquisition of professional services.”

The new partnership has received the support of the New South Wales
Law Society. The society’s president, Hugh Macken, said: “PwC’s
move is unique in terms of the scale, depth and breadth of its
legal service offerings in a multi-disciplinary environment. The
market for legal services in Australia is sophisticated, and I am
sure many organisations will appreciate the benefits of receiving
both legal and non-legal services from the one provider.”

PwC Australia deputy chief executive Leigh Minehan said the Big
Four firm has been working towards the new partnership for some
time. “The newly formed MDP provides our clients with seamless
access to specialist legal expertise in areas of corporate and
commercial, employment and industrial relations, tax controversy,
environment, property and litigation, as well as new areas of legal
practice such as corporate tax consulting services,” Minehan
said.