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Expect more accounting firm encroachment on big law

Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 11:00 AM | By Julius Melnitzer

The Big Four accounting firms have regrouped, poised again for an attack on Canada’s legal market.

Humbled in Canada and globally during their last serious foray into law firm territory about two decades ago under the multi-disciplinary professional services (MDP) banner, when Andersen Legal boasted of its 2,200 lawyers in 36 countries, they’re coming back strong.

As usual, if the legal profession isn’t asleep at the switch, it’s certainly having a snooze. Just recently, for example, as the Big Four adapt and advance, the Law Society...