3 minutes with our Tax Senior Manager, Richard Perry!

Hi everyone

If you’re anything like me, sometimes you get curious about what different roles in the firm look like. So we thought we’d share with you a 3 minute interview with one of our tax senior managers, Richard Perry where we find out more about what Richard gets up to! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Richard Perry is a senior tax manager in our London Finsbury Square office. Richard was recently named one of the top 35 private client professionals aged under 35 by eprivateclient.com . Congratulations!

If I had to describe my job to a six-year-old, I’d say: “I help people know how much money they need to give to the government when they receive the money, spend it on current or new business ideas, or want to give it to their family.”

At the moment, I’m helping a couple of clients who are selling their businesses. Our corporate finance team introduced me to them. I’ll be advising the clients on pre- and post-transaction structuring to minimise their tax leakage while helping them meet their personal goals (eg leaving valuable assets to their future generations).

A few years back I failed to register for my Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) exams after some confusion with the registration process. It was hard to take at the time, as I had revised for ages. Before I could take the next exam sitting, the tax legislation changed, meaning I had to add another year of tax changes to my revision. That was tough. But I worked hard and ended up passing my exam and winning four academic prizes. The lesson? A situation that seems bad at first can be turned around.

If you’re planning a holiday, I’d recommend Borneo. I’m a big fan of Asia – its culture, food and wildlife. Grab the chance to see an orang-utan in the wild if you can!

The best thing about working at Grant Thornton is the flexible culture. I’m able to have a positive work-life balance, which is reinforced by our agile working policy. I have also been encouraged and supported by the partners to treat the firm like my own business – to be as entrepreneurial as the clients I advise. It’s a combination of these and other factors that’s kept me at the firm for nearly eight years.

The last time I laughed was after watching an episode of Peep Show. I find the characters and the situations they get themselves into hilarious.

To deliver high quality work, I need to have a high quality team in place and be able to draw on the expertise of colleagues in other specialist sectors. I also have to maintain a broad knowledge base about the UK tax system, as our clients are entrepreneurs and therefore expect to be able to discuss different areas of tax with me.

You may be surprised to know I once shared a stage with Pete Doherty from The Libertines [an English rock band from the early 00s]. I was crowd-surfing and Pete grabbed my arm and pulled me to join him. Security made sure I wasn’t on stage for too long though…

A vibrant economy is one which attracts investment from within the UK and abroad, resulting in more jobs and opportunities for everyone. As advocates for the UK economy, my team and I help investors understand and navigate the UK’s complex tax system in the hope that they’ll invest here.

The best advice I’ve ever received came from my PE teacher at middle school when I was practising my triple jump. He said: “Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent.” Wise words!

Some great messages there from Richard. I hope you found this helpful and a valuable insight into the role. Keep your eyes peeled for our next ‘3 minute’ feature, where we’ll see what more of what our people get up to!

Any questions, please feel free to leave them below 🙂

Kind regards


13 November 2017 at 3:37 PM    |   Posted by Jenny Jackson

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