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Introducing Tales from an Accounts Senior

20th Nov 2017
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Hello, my name is Alice Wiley. I'm in my thirties (don't you know you should never ask a woman how old she is?) and I'm an accounts senior in a 2-partner practice in a market town somewhere in England.

The staff

The senior partner is Henry, who's in his fifties, balding and chubby, married with two grown-up sons. He's a bit inefficient, a bit of a bumbler, but we all like him because he's very kind.

The junior partner is Jack, in his forties, married, no children. In complete contrast to Henry, he's super-efficient and very precise. Tax is his thing but he also looks after all the office IT.

In the accounts team we have Paul, divorced with two children, still a bit of a lad even though he has more grey hairs than black. He wears a leather jacket and drives a bright red sports car. And we have Maria, a stunningly pretty half-Italian girl, who's just passed her exams.

The tax team are Teresa and Lucy. Teresa is about ten years older than me and she's married with two junior-school-age children. She's been with the practice longer than any of us, knows all the clients very well and has a lovely calm easy-going way with her. Lucy is just out of college. Her nose is pierced. She has a rose tattooed on her neck. And her language gets a bit ripe sometimes.

The clients

There's a real mix of clients, some elderly ladies and gentlemen, high net-worth individuals and those managing on two pensions, local businesses large and small, charities, contractors, pubs, farmers, you name it we've got it.

We don't go short of interest, certainly, no two days are the same... As you will see...

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FirstTab
By FirstTab
21st Nov 2017 05:39

Hello Alice, good to see a new blogger. Also, from a practice that is not a startup or with a sole owner. That is new in the blogs section of AW.

I look forward to reading your blogs. Sounds like an interesting practice to work in.

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By Chipette
22nd Nov 2017 11:24

Thanks for sharing your story Alice, it reminds me of my days working for a small practice. I sometimes miss the office environment, the banter and the support of colleagues. I don't miss office politics though.
Looking forward to reading your next blog.

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By sosleepy
24th Nov 2017 15:17

I'm guessing that most if not all of the above is fictional?

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By Chipette
24th Nov 2017 15:39

Who knows? It wouldn't be the first time someone makes stuff up on the blogs' pages.

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Red Leader
By Red Leader
24th Nov 2017 16:08

sounds like it.

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