The LCN Tax Interview: Joss Dalrymple

We are delighted to feature an interview with Joss Dalrymple, the National Head of Private Client Tax Services at Smith & Williamson LLP. Joss has been named among Private Client Practitioner’s ‘50 Most Influential’ list for four years in a row – 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Why did you get into tax?
By mistake. I joined Coopers & Lybrand thinking I was going into Audit but in error was put in their personal tax division!

Who has been the most influential role model for your professional life?
Two Senior Partners called Gerald Drew in Coopers & Lybrand and then Simon Gray of Smith & Williamson, both of whom were totally committed to their clients and constantly came up with fantastic creative solutions for their clients. They also taught me how to write a letter and never “shy away” from making recommendations.

What do you see as the biggest trend affecting the private client tax world over the next 10 years?
Increasing regulation and increasing encroachment from HMRC with greater demands for information which will not necessarily improve the tax take from our clients because they already pay what they should pay.

What is the most important change to the UK’s tax system that you would implement, if you could do so tomorrow?
Simplification albeit that might not be good for my business!

In a movie of your life story, which actor or actress would you like to play you?
Daniel Craig – dream on!

What would be your dream job if you didn’t work in tax?
Managing a landed estate which has equine interests.

What is your biggest extravagance?
Horses and holidays.

What do you do to relax?
Ride, read, follow all sports, opera and have a quality family life.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
Jersey at the moment with our very young children.

What piece of advice would you give your 25-year-old self?
Believe in yourself and be half full not half empty.

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