Findlay joins the legal company from professional services firm Deloitte, where she spent eight years in the company’s tax practice as the director of finance, during which time the department grew to revenue of £400m and over 200 partners.
The high-profile appointment comes following a report on 2 February that found women aren’t harnessing the skills they have to make their way up the ranks to senior business leadership.
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Tim Eyles, UK managing partner, Taylor Wessing, said: “Deborah has a strong background in financial analysis, strategic leadership and relationship building. Besides her evident skills and experience, she is inquisitive, determined and very personable – qualities she will doubtless apply to Taylor Wessing’s benefit as our finance director.
“Our thanks go to William Barnes for all the sterling work he’s done, and will continue to do pending Deborah’s arrival, as our interim FD.”
Findlay is currently head of finance in Deloitte’s clients and markets divison, and will join Taylor Wessing on 16 March. The arrival will come following the appointments of director of risk and general counsel-designate Angela Robertson, and IT director Kevin Harris, who joined in January 2015.
Commenting on the new role, Findlay said: “I am excited to be joining Taylor Wessing at such an interesting time in its development. It is clear that the legal market is changing and Taylor Wessing is well placed to meet these challenges. I am looking forward to playing my part in ensuring the firm continues to provide excellent and cost effective services to its clients.”
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