Deloitte announced it has partnered with technology and digital media law firm Kemp Little, in a move that will “significantly enhance” the firm’s legal offerings to clients.
London-based Kemp Little offers legal services in commercial technology, corporate, employment, data protection, disputes, IP and financial regulation across a range of sectors including financial services, telecoms, and media and digital solutions.
The firm also has a “successful track record” in developing award-winning LegalTech products that are aligned to its technology focus, including Dupe Killer, an AI-powered IP protection tool, and 4Corners, a contract analysis system.
According to Deloiite, the partnership will “significantly increase the number of lawyers and will see Deloitte Legal offer clients a much broader and deeper range of legal expertise to complement existing services in advisory, technology, legal management consultancy and legal managed services”.
Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte North and South Europe, commented: “This transaction marks a key moment in the growth of Deloitte Legal. This demonstrates our confidence and willingness to invest where there is clear market demand.
“Bringing in the depth of talent in the Kemp Little team, from solicitors to technology specialists, will allow Deloitte Legal to offer clients a much broader range of legal expertise.”
He added: “The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown that investment in technology will be a critical catalyst for the recovery of UK businesses. Business leaders are looking for more digital ways of operating, setting the stage for significant and longer-term cultural change.
“On completion, this transaction, with technology at its core, will ensure Deloitte Legal is well positioned to help businesses thrive as they transition to new ways of working.”
Andrew Joint, managing partner for Kemp Little, added: “This is an exciting time for Kemp Little as we build on our achievements over the last 23 years. Having already collaborated on a number of projects in the past, Deloitte Legal and Kemp Little have a track record of working together successfully.
“The team at Deloitte Legal is growing a unique and exciting combination of technology, consulting and legal advisory skills, and also benefits from the Deloitte network’s global scale. Kemp Little’s aim has always been to focus on delivering excellent technology and digital related legal services in a client focused way.”