12 September 2016

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Moves: Olswang PE partner joins Taylor Wessing

Olswang private equity partner Duncan McDonald has left the firm for Taylor Wessing in London. McDonald was a partner at the firm for eight years after serving as general counsel at Citigroup Capital UK. His clients include Better Capital, Chamonix Private Equity, NBGI Private Equity, OPTrust Private Markets Group, Sony and Hexagon.

Abcam legal boss: I hired Latham and saved money

Establishing the legal functions of publicly listed life sciences companies is Suzanne Smith’s forte. She was the first an in-houser at LGC, Phoqus and Watson Pharmaceuticals, with her CV more recently grabbing the attention of Abcam CEO Alan Hirzel as he sought to add legal capability to the company. A LinkedIn request was all that was needed.

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Law firms lack office space imagination

Today’s cover feature highlights a major issue that is anything but solely a legal market trend. How big businesses can get the most out of their offices – which, of course, means their people – is a global issue. And the bad news is that most law firms are well off the pace.

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