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Olswang head of planning Richard Max is leaving to set up his own firm, opening the door for DJ Freemans head of planning Karen Howard to take over the reins. Ironically, Max is a former DJ Freeman partner, although it is understood that his decision was made before the announcement of Howards imminent arrival at Olswang. Max will leave the group at the end of April, when the DJ Freeman team will arrive. Max is not thought to be taking any other fee-earners with him.