Bird & Bird and Eversheds boost law firm consultancy market

A growing number of firms are taking a punt on new ventures that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Take Bird & Bird. The IP and technology-focused firm has just become the latest to launch a new consultancy arm, which would appear to be a world away from its traditional legal practice. Kick-started by several Bird & Bird partners alongside IT change business ASE Consulting, ‘Baseline’ will initially focus on supporting its clients’ trickiest IT projects.

It’s not the only firm to step out of its comfort zone. Eversheds has just announced some unexpected hires in the shape of some regulatory compliance consultants to bulk up the firm’s Financial Services Regulatory Consulting division.

And then there’s RPC, which has hired consulting and software chief Rory O’Brien from Towers Watson to launch its own management consultancy business known as RPC Consulting.

Is this the way to go as more traditional revenues increasingly dwindle?

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