The former head of Olswang's Reading office, Marshall Leopold, is leaving the firm next month.
Leopold joined Olswang three years ago when the firm acquired Garretts' former Reading office. He was the first of the group of eight partners to make equity, while his Thames Valley contacts made him a pivotal figure as Olswang attempted to establish itself in the area.
Three years on, Olswang has hired Paul Wilson, former chief executive of Birmingham chambers St Philips, to run its Reading operation and has embarked on a lateral hiring spree.
Leopold said the arrival of Wilson was not connected to his decision to leave the firm. He said Olswang had ambitious growth plans and he had to decide whether to be part of that. "I've been increasingly conscious about the need to make a decision about my lifestyle and I have several opportunities I want to explore," said Leopold.
These include non-executive positions, investments in early-stage technology companies and in-house roles. Leopold did not rule out joining another firm in the future.