Thursday, November 30, 2006
They were encouraging him to take an interest in professional affairs - as they all did.
''What do you do,'' he asked. One said he was on the local branch committee, another chaired a tax discussion group, a third was a practice support member.
The oldest partner was unusually coy and then announced that his involvement in professional affairs was limited to making regular appearances in disciplinary hearings after clients complained about his work. One of his fellow partners was quite new to the firm and was astonished to hear this. Later the new parter asked if what he'd heard was really true, that the older partner made regular appearances in disciplinary hearings after clients complained about his work. ''Oh no'', came the reply, ''The senior partner's a member of the Urgent Issues Task Force; he's just too embarrassed to admit it!"
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Allan’s hope was that his cautionary tale would help others to overcome the stigma and guilt that society instils in accountants.
After exhibiting an early obsession with maths Allan says that he started going up the city and hanging round
One thing led to another and soon Allan was asked to do a full corporation tax computation, including group relief. “I’d heard of people doing that sort of thing ended up in institutions! I needed help – and fast.”
“I’d heard of an institution that helped people like me. I went a long to a meeting of the English
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