For the second year in a row, the Big Four accounting firms took four of the five top spots in Acritas’ ranking of the brand strength of alternative legal service providers, with EY displacing PwC at the top of the list.

EY jumped up 24 points in the index, vaulting from the fourth spot in 2018, on the heels of several significant acquisitions in recent years. In January the company closed on the purchase of the Pangea3 legal managed services business from Thomson Reuters⁠—itself ranked third on the list⁠—after adding Riverview Law last August.