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Paul Sutton

My confession and the number one tax risk

Here’s a confession: back in the early 2000s, I was doing things which would not be considered acceptable now. I was with one of the ‘big 4’ firms (newly reduced from 5), and my role related to the legal aspects of tax planning structures for large corporates. Some of these structures were pretty artificial: partly paid share structures, stock …
Paul Sutton

The uncomfortable truth about working from home

If you haven’t seen this hilarious video of Professor Robert E Kelly trying to conduct a BBC interview from home, you should. You can watch it here. For many employers and managers, allowing team members to work from home is unthinkable. Maybe they imagine that productivity will suffer due to endless domestic distractions, tea-making sessions, and …
Paul Sutton

This confirmed my deepest suspicions

My old school was in the news recently, for the wrong reasons. It was founded in 1571 and is a “grammar” school, meaning it’s free but supposedly with high academic standards. In my day, it was somewhat “selective”, and I scraped in at age 11 with a “B” (it took me a number of years to mature into the towering intellectual specimen I am …
Paul Sutton

This was not my smartest move ever

Here’s something which happened recently. It’s been one of the most stressful things that I can remember, and I’m lucky my wife hasn’t divorced me for putting us in such a precarious situation. It started around two years ago. March 2015, to be precise. I thought it would be a good idea to build up our property portfolio, and we signed up to …
Paul Sutton

Why I Abandoned My Family And Spent Three Days In Arizona

Even in September, the heat in Arizona is incredible. If you stand in the sun, it feels like you’re being simultaneously plugged into the mains electricity and enveloped by a thick blanket of heat. For someone used to the misty murky Autumn in London, it’s very invigorating. But I wasn’t there for the climate, or even for the monster trucks and …
Paul Sutton

Like the proverbial frog in a bucket

There I was, in a small, semi-dark basement room near Old Street, London, at 10 o’clock in the morning in early September. A shadowy figure behind a glass wall was giving me the thumbs up. I was sitting behind a table and facing a movie-style camera on a tripod. To be honest, it was all a bit shocking. I was there to record an hour-long training video …