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Deloitte Legal Netherlands

Chris de Jong, managing partner

Managing partner Chris de Jong explains how Deloitte Nederland/Deloitte Legal is adapting to clients' changing needs.

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

  • Our services are interdisciplinary, covering all business issues.
  • We have a presence globally, where our clients need us, with over 1,750 legal professionals in more than 75 countries.
  • We seek for innovative, technology enabled solutions.
  • We care as much about our clients’ long term success as we do for the short term outcome of a project.
  • We speak the language of the boardroom, business language, not just legalese.
  • What matters to us is not only to win great clients, but to make an impact on their businesses.
  • We have wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets.
  • We possess collective expertise available on a firm-wide basis.

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

Since our firm was formed in 2014, we have enjoyed considerable growth. Our practice is strong in many areas where we expect to see increasing client need in the next year, including corporate, M&A, employment and IP/IT/commercial. Real estate and restructuring services will be new areas of growth in the market and for our firm. We will continue to offer our clients a multi-disciplinary approach working together with our Deloitte member firm colleagues, and as part of the Deloitte Legal network.

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

We have not changed; we started with the philosophy that makes us successful: our multi-disciplinary approach, our global footprint and our continuing search for innovative, technology enabled solutions.

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

We see a rising interest of clients in understanding and harnessing the power of state-of-the-art document analysis and document automation tools. While there is no “magic bullet”, significant efficiency gains can be achieved by carefully matching the strengths and weaknesses of the available tools with the concrete task that the client is facing.

Digital natives are used to obtaining the information they need online – increasingly also in our field of business. Apart from the substantial amount of information already presented on our website – such as the International Dismissal Survey or the legal topics in the successful tax@hand app– we are now moving towards an interactive presentation of information about legal topics.

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

Our M&A team works fully integrated together with our Transactional Services Team, our Financial Advisory Team and our Tax M&A team, from the beginning to the end. With this integrated offering, we are more efficient and more aligned with the business, also benefitting from the huge market knowledge all the teams’ have, both locally and globally.

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

We aspire to grow our capabilities and to further integrate with the Deloitte member firm network locally and globally. We will also continue to focus on delivering innovative, technology-enabled services and solutions.

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