Danny McCance 25 Jun 2018 10:22am

Deloitte granted licence to provide legal services

The firm, like its Big Four rivals, now has access to the legal services market after being granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence

Deloitte’s licence application was granted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, meaning its legal business no longer has to operate as a separate entity.

The firm applied for the licence in January – the final Big Four firm to do so after PwC started the trend in 2013 and the other firms followed suit.

Deloitte previously said it would offer managed and consulting services in order to improve in-house departments, by embracing new technology and introducing automation.

It will also expand its current legal services such as employment law, tax and immigration.

The firm has been granted rights of audience, conduct of litigation, reserved instrument activities, probate services and administration of oaths.

The ABS licence application was introduced as part of the 2007 Legal Services Act 2007 to allow firms and accountants to offer probate services to clients.