The Philip Fisher column

The world is overrun with blogs and tweets. While they serve a purpose, this column is something slightly different. You will not find out what the author had for breakfast or the colour of the socks he is wearing. You will not be pestered with tedious listings of every film, book, play etc that your correspondent has ever seen or his latest success or otherwise on the golf links.

What readers have come to expect from a writer who has been associated with AccountingWEB almost from its inception are objective but on occasion quite possibly opinionated articles about topics that might be of interest to accountants as people. The intention is to be simultaneously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.

Since the writer is a partner in the Human Capital team at BDO LLP these columns will frequently take on issues relating to taxation, business and government policy. For light entertainment, he is also London Editor of British Theatre Guide so there will be plenty of hints and tips about what to see and not to see.

He also regularly writes about technology for London Accountant and almost anything else under the sun for a variety of publications so there are always going to be odd surprises in store. Travel, art, books, theatre, sports and consumer issues are all likely to receive consideration in coming months - but so are taxation issues, thoughts on the latest technology and, inevitably, the activities of the Chancellor and HMRC.

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A one-horse race has suddenly become really exciting as it reaches the final hurdle. Will Scotland become independent and what will be the consequence either way?


For so many in the profession, the need to compile a timesheet every week causes stress to add to boredom. However, we have to get paid somehow.

It seems to be a standard answer when you speak to somebody who has decided to go into industry and is asked the obvious question.


This might sound like a stupid question but the Government is currently in the process of doing exactly that.


After decades of experience, it is easy to identify the traits that make up the perfect client.

Unfortunately, to date, not one has quite managed to fit this demanding bill. Even so, one must live in hope.


There has been much debate about Scottish independence and perhaps it is time to consider how it might affect business and the accountancy profession? It could also provide a perfect model for tax simplification.


For those able to get to Edinburgh, here are some tips. The first is already pencilled in for London and others might follow.

Edinburgh International Festival

The James Plays by Rona Munro


A novel multimedia thriller from Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre has been created for tablets and smart phones.


A recent survey suggests that before most readers of this column have retired, almost everybody that they know will be a higher rate taxpayer.


As the Government tweaks its proposals for the biennial root and branch change to the operation of pensions, it is worth reflecting yet again on this thorny and constantly changing topic.


One of the social highlights of the summer, along with Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon and Lord's, is the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, a tradition that goes back to 1769.