60-Seconds With: Adam Fellows, Associate, Stephenson HarwoodDate: 05/01/2022 Type: 60 seconds with Community Magazine Interviews ThoughtLeaders 4 Content Topic: Private Client | Trusts | Wills and Estates | Inheritance | Next Generation Wealth | Investment and HNWI’s | Tax | Author:
Q) What is your key area of practice?
A) My work is primarily personal tax advice, with a strong focus on international clients both with or looking to have a presence in the UK.
Q) What are you most going to focus on in the next 12 months?
A) Taking advantage of seeing people in person, especially going to meetings to learn the tricks of the trade.
Q) What do you see as the biggest upcoming challenge you face as a practitioner?
A) The increasing regimes of transparency and compliance. Sometimes they can overwhelm the actual legal advice.
Q) Why did you choose to attend TL4 x ConTrA’s Private Client Summer School and what did you achieve from attending?
A) It was one the first events I could attend. I got to meet a lot of new people which has been ... challenging over the last 18 months.
Q) How did it feel to be back at a physical event?
A) Brilliant, and the set up was perfect. You could almost forget what has been going on.
Q) What was your key takeaway from any one of the sessions at Private Client Summer School over the 2 days?
A) Mine was about the importance of working with trustees and intermediaries to effect what is best for the client, not just what they want. Don’t think I ever learned where the fire meeting point was though.
Q) What would you say to people thinking of attending one of our summer schools in the future?
A) Do it! A great chance to get up to speed on new law, learn some top tips and mix with your peers in a relaxed environment.
Q) What does the perfect weekend look like?
A) It really depends on how busy my week has been, though at the moment I am trying to catch up with people as much as possible. Can’t go wrong with a pub lunch by a fire on a dreary day though.
Q) What is the one thing you could not live without?
A) My glasses. Boring but practical. I need to read a lot for my job.
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