In brief: Merger with accountants 'years away'

Jean-Bernard Thomas, senior partner of Paris firm Thompson & Associes, which completed a merger with Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal at the beginning of this month, has predicted a major alliance between a City firm and a firm of accountants “within the next few years”, not in a matter of weeks as reported by the Law Society's Gazette last week. He made the prediction at the annual congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats in Philadelphia earlier this month. He later told The Lawyer he had no idea who the merger would involve.