PwC UK has expanded the reach of its legal services by announcing a tie-up with US firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy to offer services for globalised businesses struggling with tougher immigration rules. 

According to an announcement the agreement will give the firms the ability to come together to provide integrated services to clients ’to bring a more connected service in the global mobility ecosystem’. Both firms will maintain their own global immigration practices. 

Noting that ’the geopolitical landscape makes immigration increasingly challenging’, the announcment says organisations face new compliance challenges as governments begin to track tax and immigration requirements on a more integrated basis.

PwC partner Julia Onslow-Cole said: ’We are proud of our global immigration practice, which covers more than 170 countries. Making our respective immigration teams available to clients, particularly in the US, will provide an even deeper level of local insight. The PwC and Fragomen alliance will also facilitate more strategic, global insights on the impact of Government policies on both corporate immigration and mobility.’

New York based immigration specialist Fragomen has more than 50 offices in 25 countries. Austin T. Fragomen, chairman, said: ’Immigration strategy and compliance has never been more important in the mobility environment. Our immigration legal expertise, coupled with PwC’s professional services offerings, will give clients an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from a unique collaboration that will help them better manage mobility and mitigate risk in a fast-changing compliance environment.’