About a month ago, we (the Sutton family) moved our household and the ‘corporate headquarters’ of LCN Legal from London to West Sussex. You can see a view from the kitchen here.
From a business perspective, it was an easy decision. All of our lawyers and other team members at LCN Legal work remotely the majority of the time, and many of our clients are based outside the UK, with much of our communication with clients being conducted by telephone and email. We regularly facilitate seminars and workshops for corporate groups or for teams of tax / transfer pricing advisers in private practice, and this usually involves some travel for some of the participants, or else the sessions are run by telephone or video conference. So there’s no particular business or client advantage in us being based in London, or anywhere else for that matter.
From a family perspective, the decision was slightly harder. Two of our girls, Coco and Norah, were very happy at a wonderful school in Blackheath Village, and we were reluctant to move them. However, we had already tried (and enjoyed) moving the household and office temporarily to Bordeaux, France (you can read an article about it here). And for us, the attractions of moving to West Sussex are:
- There are lots of good schools which are cheaper and easier to get into than schools in London, and with much better facilities.
- It’s a beautiful part of the World.
- Life’s too short not to try something which feels right.
So far so good. I’ll let you know how it goes.
We will shortly be announcing a series of private discussion groups on the practicalities of intercompany governance and intercompany agreements for Transfer Pricing compliance, each focussed on a particular sector, and each for CFOs or similar professionals within multinational groups. The relevant sectors are:
• Marketing and Advertising
• Software and technology
If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.