Accountancy giant EY has bolstered its legal team by poaching two partners and promoting three solicitors as associate partners.
Claire Scott-Priestley, formerly a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, will join EY’s law practice as a corporate partner this autumn. In the past, Scott-Priestly focused on mid-market corporate advisory and mergers & acquisitions (M&A).
Craig Stevenson, previously a PwC partner in charge of the firm’s global M&A legal network from China and Hong Kong, joined EY as a corporate partner in July.
As well as bringing senior figures into the firm, EY promoted Terence Devane, Mark Hough and Matt Whalley as associate partners, bringing the total partner count in the UK law team to 16.
Philip Goodstone, EY’s UK head of law said: ‘The addition of five outstanding individuals to our partner team is yet another milestone in the continuing growth of our UK law business.’
Earlier this year EY made another significant move in the legal market when it acquired a legal process outsourcing business from Thomson Reuters. The acquisition came on the back of EY Law taking over the technology-based legal business Riverview Law.
According to Acritas, a provider of legal market intelligence, EY Law is now top of its brand index for alternative legal services providers, having overtaken PwC.