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Face to face: Bruce Macmillan

Dell’s senior counsel talks about his interest in IT and telecommunciations and outlines the legal challenges facing IT firms in Europe

6 October 2006

Why did you decide to move in-house?

It was a mix of factors. Arthur Andersen – as was – had a gap year and university vacation programme through which you could be trained and work as if you were part of their new graduate auditor intake. I got onto this programme and found myself dealing with a new client every few weeks and getting a lot of general commercial experience as a result. I enjoyed the variety and engagement with commercial issues and it was this that led me to do my articles with Gouldens where there wasn’t a traditional seat system, but rather they trained you through working for all departments simultaneously. I realised when in practice as a qualified solicitor in a law firm that I was missing this multi-tasking and hands on commercial engagement too much and this prompted me to move in-house.

All of your in-house work has been for IT and telecommunication companies – is this by accident or design?

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