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‘A fresh perspective’: Taylor Wessing hires Eversheds GC and new IT director

Taylor Wessing has kick started the new year with two key recruits, hiring Eversheds‘ general counsel (GC) Angela Robertson as director of risk and GC, and Kevin Harris as its new IT director.

Robertson’s role will include managing the firm’s regulatory and compliance affairs and advising the board on risk management. She will also coordinate risk issues for the firm internationally and will become chair of the international risk management committee.

Robertson will succeed Neil White as GC when he retires in April 2015. White joined the firm in 1975 and was a partner in the construction and engineering practice before becoming the firm’s GC in August 2011. Robertson joined Eversheds in March 2011 before which she was the director of conflicts at Clifford Chance for eleven years, after being a solicitor from 1988 at the firm.

Eversheds is not recruiting for a new GC but instead is currently seeking a director of risk and compliance. Compliance director Chris Belcher will take over as interim director until a successor is found.

Taylor Wessing has also brought in a new IT director, Kevin Harris, who was previously technology director at Deloitte UK. During his time with the accountancy giant he managed its technology projects portfolio and led a team of 100 staff.

Tim Eyles, Taylor Wessing managing partner, said: ‘We look forward to benefitting from Angela’s wise counsel both in the context of risk and as general counsel. Kevin will help us to develop genuine differentiating and revenue-generating technology for our clients, by aligning IT investment to our business goals. Both Angela and Kevin bring with them a fresh perspective and superb experience. I’m confident that they will add real value to our business.’