Olswang relaxes reins at firm

Simon Olswang, senior partner of leading IT firm Olswang, has announced he is stepping down as senior partner in a shake-up of the firm's management.

Mark Devereux becomes senior partner, Jonathan Goldstein fills the newly-created post of chief executive and Mark Akerman remains managing partner.

Olswang, who becomes the first “chairman” of the firm, which scooped the law firm of the year award in The Lawyer/Hifal awards, said: “I am taking on a less involved role, but that is not to say that I will be any less committed.

“It is hard to practise law and also be 'head up' – to see the wider, longer term view.”

Olswang said he would be concentrating on the effect of digital technologies on the legal market.

He said the new management would work alongside Akerman in running the day-to-day business – Goldstein developing business strategy and Devereux looking after the concerns of the partnership.

Countering the charge that the 36-partner firm was now management-heavy, he said that “young talent” such as Goldstein, aged 32, should be given the chance to gain experience.

He hinted that Goldstein was next in line for managing partner when Akerman stands down in 2000.