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Deloitte’s legal arm is acquiring the London law firm Kemp Little and up to 86 of its lawyers, including its 29 partners.

After the acquisition, the size of the lawyer head count for Deloitte Legal in the United Kingdom will double to more than 170 lawyers, according to a Nov. 3 press release.

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Kemp Little has practices in areas that include commercial technology and digital media. The law firm has also developed legal technology products that include a tool to protect intellectual property and a contract analysis system.

Deloitte said the acquisition will add to its capabilities in in advisory, technology, legal management consulting and legal managed services. Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte North and South Europe, commented in a press release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown that investment in technology will be a critical catalyst for the recovery of UK businesses,” Houston said. “On completion, this transaction, with technology at its core, will ensure Deloitte Legal is well positioned to help businesses thrive as they transition to new ways of working.”

In the United States, Deloitte has created alliances with U.S. law firms and launched a legal services business.