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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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29

About 20 years ago, I gave up trying to find things to do in August and accepted the French tradition of going away.

Nothing in the ensuing period has suggested that spending the eighth month of the year in London would serve any purpose.

Jul
21
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The latest financial scandal rocking Japan could come back to haunt the accounting profession.

After Enron, everybody said it couldn’t happen again. In Japan a few years back, Olympus also managed to rig their accounts without anybody noticing. 

Jul
15
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The Greek debt crisis has been hitting headlines for months now and most of us have probably been ignoring it.

The problem with what might otherwise seem a sensible strategy is that it might herald an economic disaster for us all.

Jul
08
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 In theory at least, George Osborne's second 2015 Budget should have been the most interesting and exciting since 1997.

Jun
24
2

However hard we try, the end of a firm’s year will always be a challenging experience.

It is also one that comes around once every twelve months, as sure as eggs is eggs.

Jun
17
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According to research by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, legal and financial institutions impose a hidden "poshness test" when recruiting.

Jun
10
4

If it’s good enough for Primark, Marks and Spencer’s and Harrods, perhaps it is time for the professions to embrace the idea of discounts in summer.

Jun
03
1

What is the point in having a penalty for filing tax returns late if you then withdraw it?

May
27

Following last week's difficulties in getting advice about a sprained ankle, I came up trumps last night.

May
20
7

In a break from tradition, this column might sound like a blog as I relate my problems following a minor mishap.

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