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Deloitte Legal appoints new managing partner to spearhead technology-focused legal offering

14 January 2019

  • Michael Castle named managing partner for Deloitte Legal in the UK;
  • Technology at the heart of new offering aiming to fill the digital gap in legal;
  • Deloitte Legal UK numbers at 50+ client-facing practicing lawyers, with recruitment drive expected to ramp up throughout 2019.

Deloitte has today announced the appointment of Michael Castle as its new managing partner for Deloitte Legal in the UK. Michael will be the first permanent lead partner for Deloitte Legal, and will commence the role in February 2019.

Based in the London office, Michael will be responsible for leading Deloitte Legal in the UK, which offers expert legal advice alongside technology-enabled delivery and process optimisation.

Michael joins after spending more than two decades at Allen & Overy, where he was a partner in the banking practice. In this role, he gained wide-ranging experience of banking transactions and was heavily involved in implementing the delivery of innovative legal solutions to a number of clients.

As managing partner at Deloitte Legal, Michael will make use of capabilities from across Deloitte and develop new ways to take legal solutions to the market. This will combine legal advice with legal managed services, technology and consultancy to provide solutions to clients looking to optimise the management of their legal operations.

Deloitte first announced plans to expand its legal services last year. Since then, the UK team now numbers 60+ client-facing practicing lawyers and 125+ other fee earners who are already delivering regulated legal activities, with recruitment set to continue throughout 2019. Globally, Deloitte Legal has 2,500 professionals operating in 85 countries.

Commenting on the appointment, Matt Ellis, managing partner for tax and legal, Deloitte North West Europe, said: “We have sky-high ambitions for Deloitte Legal in the UK, and this is why it is excellent to have someone of Michael’s calibre at the helm to build our presence and grow our distinctive suite of legal offerings.

“Michael brings a wealth of experience and it is clear to see that his leadership and understanding of the legal market and appreciation of legal technology will only benefit the rest of the team and our clients. We have an ambitious, talented team that looks set to grow rapidly as we ramp up our recruitment across Deloitte Legal.”

Michael Castle, the incoming managing partner for Deloitte Legal UK, commented on his appointment: "This is an exciting and challenging time for the legal industry. General Counsels face a number of converging complexities, ranging from a heightened regulatory environment to an increasingly globalised business landscape, not to mention an acceleration of technological advancements.

“Deloitte Legal is ideally placed to fill the digital gap in the legal market and provide legal solutions to tackle these complexities head on. By drawing not only on our legal expertise, but also on our deep understanding of the latest technology and tried-and-tested ways of improving processes, we can help legal departments improve efficiencies and increase the value they deliver back to their business.”

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