Linklaters has appointed a new finance director from the ranks of Deloitte & Touche.
Nick Heywood-Waddington was a partner at the accountancy firm for 12 years but has now joined Linklaters to see the firm's financial arrangements through the merger procedures with the Alliance partners.
After a total of 22 years with Deloitte & Touche, Heywood-Waddington thought the opportunity at Linklaters too good to pass up. He says: "The opportunity presented itself to work with a major global law firm like Linklaters. It was a major decision to give up the position at Deloitte & Touche, a firm to which I had been very loyal and I was sorry to leave.
"But it was an opportunity to do something different and a move into a more management role rather than a service role."
The appointment mirrors similar moves in the magic circle firms with professional managers being brought into the highest levels of law firm management.
Clifford Chance appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers' audit partner, Chris Merry, as its director of finance in June. He was followed two months later by KPMG partner Dr Brian Collins to oversee the integration of computer systems in the merger with Punder Volhard Weber & Axster and Rogers and Wells.