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Taylor Wessing looks to Deloitte for new FD in boardroom shakeup

A BOARDROOM shakeup at Taylor Wessing has culminated in the appointment of Deloitte’s Deborah Findlay as finance director.

Following the appointment of new directors of risk and IT at the start of the year, Findlay joins the lawyers after eight years in finance roles at the Big Four firm.

William Barnes has served as interim FD following the departure of Charlotte Beckett in April 2014. Findlay has most recently served as head of finance for Deloitte’s clients & markets division, after managing the finances of its tax division.

“Deborah has a strong background in financial analysis, strategic leadership and relationship building. Besides her evident skills and experience, she is inquisitive, determined and very personable – qualities she will doubtless apply to Taylor Wessing’s benefit as our finance director,” said Taylor wessing UK managing partner Tim Eyles.

“We feel fortunate to have been able to attract her and look forward to welcoming her to the firm in April. Our thanks go to William Barnes for all the sterling work he’s done, and will continue to do pending Deborah’s arrival, as our interim FD.”

Findlay said she was excited to join the firm at an “interesting” time in its development. “It is clear that the legal market is changing and Taylor Wessing is well placed to meet these challenges. I am looking forward to playing my part in ensuring the firm continues to provide excellent and cost effective services to its clients,” she added.

Angela Robertson and Kevin Harris, joined Taylor Wessing in January as director of risk and general counsel-designate and IT director respectively.

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