Practice Talk: Steve Hale from Perrys Chartered Accountants

23rd Aug 2019
Practice Editor AccountingWEB
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As Perrys Chartered Accountants move into a new Grade II listed offices at the dockyard in Chatham, AccountingWEB used this as an opportunity to speak with the branch’s captain (so to speak), Steve Hale.

Now a director, Hale started life in the profession straight from school in 1983. He joined a small firm as a trainee accountant. It wasn’t until 1999 though that he found his home at Perrys in their Wrotham office in Kent.

While a lot has changed over the last 20 years, Hale expects the biggest changes are still to come. The mounting pressure on fees has kept the firm on their toes. But it is with technology changes and flexible working where he sees the biggest changes. But he sees the firm in safe hands: "It is great to see some of our 30-somethings coming through as senior managers and partners as we see technology changes."

But one aspect of his day-to-day office life that hasn't changed is his relationship with his clients. “They still look for a friendly service,” he said. Although Hale joked: "It wasn't that long ago my clients were older than me, and now it’s beginning to go the other way.”