Tony O’Malley appointed as PwC’s Global Legal Services Leader

24 May

The head of PwC’s legal practice in Australia, Tony O'Malley, has been appointed as Global Leader of PwC's Legal Services Network.

In his new role, Tony will take the reins of one of the fastest growing businesses in PwC’s network, leading a team of more than 3,600 skilled legal professionals across 98 countries. The appointment takes effect on 1 June 2019.

Speaking about his appointment, Tony said, “I am honoured and excited to be taking on the role at such a dynamic time for our business and the industry as a whole.

“We are looking to disrupt what is a hyper competitive market by providing a highly differentiated offering, characterised by high quality integrated solutions delivered across a global platform. This allows us to play bigger in the market around our clients’ most important projects and problems.

“We are not looking to build a traditional full service legal firm or a stand alone legal business. The market is well serviced by traditional firms, many of which have more than 150 years of history.”

Since joining PwC Legal in 2014, Tony has led a significant growth strategy for the Australian practice, delivering on its ambition to invest in premium legal capability in areas that are aligned with the firm’s traditional offerings, enabling a seamless solution for clients.

“In Australia, we have made significant inroads with this strategy and after a period of rapid growth we are making sure we consolidate these gains at the same time we position the practice for further growth opportunities,” Tony says.

PwC’s highly differentiated offering has proven attractive for both corporate clients and top tier legal talent. The firm has secured panel appointments with some of the country’s largest corporations and the single point of accountability that comes with the integrated model has strong traction with mid cap companies and financial sponsors. The team has successfully delivered on a number of marquee transactions across a range of sectors and geographies.

During this period of rapid growth, more than 30 partners, all from top tier law firms, have been appointed giving the practice strong capability across key areas of corporate, projects, regulatory and workplace law. They are supported by more than 100 lawyers, with the firm now in its fourth year of graduate recruitment.

PwC’s legal practice is now increasingly recognised in the mainstream market and was recently ranked #1 firm in the Acritas Global Alternative Legal Brand Index.

PwC’s Legal Services network offers clients a unique multidisciplinary approach, focusing on delivering premium legal capabilities integrated with the firm’s traditional service offerings to support clients in solving their business issues in a more holistic way.

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