EY has hired the head of Addleshaw Goddard’s fintech group, in the latest push by the Big Four into the legal industry.
Fiona Ghosh will join EY Law as a partner in its U.K. commercial team. Her arrival follows the Big Four giant’s confirmation in January of plans to treble its legal arm in the U.K. and Ireland over the next three years, with the addition of potentially over 800 lawyers.
Ghosh leaves the firm after over seven years as a partner.
Ghosh will work with teams across EY according to a statement from the firm, with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing and mobility, as well as technology, media & telecoms.
In a statement, Ghosh listed supply chain vulnerability, cyber security, and sustainability, as some of the challenges facing businesses. She also said there was “significant demand for the right end-to-end support” using EY’s multi-disciplinary approach.
In a statement, Phil Goodstone, head of EY Law in the U.K. and Ireland, said: “[Ghosh] is already a leader in her field when it comes to strategic alliances and joint ventures and her experience in dealing with convergence and transformation across industries, sectors, and technologies will be invaluable as we help our clients thrive in a rapidly evolving business landscape.”
Ghosh started at Addleshaw Goddard as an associate in 2001, before leaving to Eversheds Sutherland for an eight-year spell in 2006. She then rejoined Addleshaw as a partner in 2014. She was listed as a leading individual in commercial contracts and fintech in Legal 500 earlier this year.
Ghosh’s hire comes at a time in which all of the Big Four are looking to grow their legal practices. PwC has plans to double the size of its U.K. legal practice in the coming years, with a particular focus on what it calls legal business solutions.
Despite ambitious plans for expansion, EY Law lost competition partner Kiran Desai earlier this year, who joined Shoosmiths to open the firm’s new Brussels office.
Addleshaw Goddard did not respond to requests for comment at the time of publication.