International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Richard Harris as its CIO.

Harris will replace by Paul Domnick who had been in the CIO’s chair since January 2009. The former Deutsche Bank and Zurich Financial Services IT executive will stick around for another six months in order to ensure a smooth handover of the law firm’s IT estate.

A spokesperson for the law firm told CIO UK that Harris will be based in London. He will lead a team of over 300 people responsible for implementing the firm's IT strategy. This would include global infrastructure operations, helpdesk support and technical architecture.

Harris has been with Freshfields for over 17 years. Until his appointment as CIO, he has acted as the director of the global infrastructure consolidation programme at the law firm. He has also served as a New York-based regional IT manager for Freshfields’ US offices.

Responding to his promotion, Harris said: "The main priority for me is how we can use technology to better support global working, as well as working effectively when away from the office. The mobile market is changing very rapidly and I want to ensure we adapt accordingly and harness new technologies in a secure way."

The new CIO will report to executive partner Stephan Eilers.