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Mari Wetlesen,Head of Deloitte Legal

Mari Wetlesen, Head of Deloitte Legal Ltd discusses how the firm is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Deloitte Advokatfirma AS from your competitors?

Our service capabilities are interdisciplinary, technology-enabled and global. We cover a wide range of business issues and areas of law. In contrast to our competitors, we have other tools in our toolbox, making us more commercial and business oriented than other law firms.

We have a presence globally, where our clients need us, with more than 2,400 legal professionals in over 80 countries. We are transformative, yet traditional and pioneering, yet pragmatic.

Deloitte Legal has introduced Legal Management Consulting services, where legal professionals work closely with our consulting and risk management experts to provide valuable insight to general counsels on how they best could structure their in-house legal departments.

Which practices in your member firm do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

GDPR advice has been growing and we still see a high demand for our excellent services within this field. Our experts within the regulatory framework for financial services, as well as renewable energy is expected to grow in the next 12-months. We will see additional changes, driven by technology.

What is the main change you have made in your firm that will benefit clients?

As part of the Deloitte Legal network, our culture is to assist our clients regardless of boarders with their legal and business needs.

How is technology changing the way you interact with your clients and the services you can provide them?

Using new technology, the Deloitte network will continue to amplify initiatives based on up to date legal tech tools. We interact with our clients on a wide variety of technical platforms, including our own global Tax & Legal SharePoint based tool.

Can you give us a practical example of how you helped a client add value to their business?

The best way to add value for a client is to offer advice that considers legal implications as well as broad business issues and impact.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients are always searching for stability and value creation opportunities. We expect to gain significantly more market share in Norway over the next three years.

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