With the debate really open between the pros and antis on consolidators versus the traditional profession, perhaps the most telling signal was the contrast (Opinion, page 8, 16 August) in the photos of John Mellows of Mazars Neville Russell and Julian Synett of Levy Gee. Smart suit for the anti, dress-down Friday style for the pro. Does anyone consider what the average client’s view is on all this?
Which one would you go to for professional advice at #250/#300 per hour?
And, as a client, would you be more content knowing your adviser is working through a partnership in which he takes the benefits and burdens or, like an insurance salesman, is motivated to produce returns for anonymous shareholders?
Let the consolidators admit it – it is no more nor less than a device to enable senior partners of middle-tier firms to retire with a large pot of money and hang the future consequences for those they leave behind!
Just one half of UK practices have implemented a pricing structure around auto enrolment implementation and advice - with many suffering increased costs
Deloitte's north-west Europe foray; BDO, Smith & Williamson investment paths; Shelley Stock Hutter; and Wilkins Kennedy discussed by editor Kevin Reed on our Friday Afternoon Live broadcast
Accountants should alter their perspective on auto-enrolment to maximise business opportunities, according to Eric Clapton.
Kevin Reed discusses whether new accountancy group Cogital can rival the Big Four...and its likely direction of travel