Robert
Barrie

Corporate Tax Director

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WHO I HELP

Owner Managed Businesses to Large Corporates & Private Equity.

HOW I HELP

Entrepreneurial Tax Advisory. Corporate Tax Advisory.

SECTORS/SUPPORT

Leisure, Retail & Hospitality. Food & Drink. Construction & Property. Industrial & Technology.

“I love getting the opportunity to help CLIENTS resolve their problems & avoid future problems.”

Robert Barrie is a Director within our Corporate Tax team. Robert works hard to identify opportunities, deliver solutions, and help clients and colleagues alike to solve whatever problems may arise, as well as helping them take steps to avoid future issues. Bringing proactive and ‘above and beyond’ aspects to his work, Robert takes great care to get to know his clients and their unique situations, so that he can ensure they get the very best advice and support.

A TWO-WAY STREET

“I would define an ideal relationship with a client as honest, trusting, communicative and appreciative – all two-way, of course.”

SOLUTIONS & PROACTIVITY

“Clients know they can expect solutions, simplicity, accuracy, honesty, proactivity, commerciality, added value, advice, communication from me. We promise a lot, because we can deliver a lot.”

MUTUAL DEVELOPMENT

“For me, the most satisfying aspects of working with clients is getting to understand their business and individual situation. I love getting the opportunity to help them resolve their problems and avoid future problems. The most satisfying part of working with colleagues is the authentic interaction and our mutual development. It’s great to see team members collaborate, develop, and help each other. I’m always learning, just like they are.”

DIFFERENT TO THE NORM

“AAB has quite an alternative way of looking at things, which I definitely feel I reflect. I tend to approach issues from different angles and come up with different routes and solutions, which often move away from the typical way of doing things.”

A TAILORED APPROACH

“In terms of my preferred balance between the virtual and more ‘hands-on’ routes to working with clients I always tailor my approach. Of course it’s always nice to be able to meet clients in person, but with so many international clients we’ve all become accustomed to communicate through technology. What’s important to me is that we work in whichever way best suits the client, taking into account location and time zones.

The greatest challenges in my specialist area is the ever changing nature of the tax landscape – tax can be a bit of a political football, so it’s crucial to have your finger on the pulse at all times, to ensure you’re kept abreast of developments. It’s key to remember that every new issue is an opportunity as well.”

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

“I’m excited about future opportunities to work with excellent colleagues and clients. With the growth journey that AAB is on, these opportunities will become even more frequent.”

FOCUS & PERSISTENCE

“The greatest strength I bring to AAB is how much I care about my clients and delivering results for them. I also bring a lot of technical knowledge to the table, as well as my focus and persistence to resolve complex problems, my ability to deliver results, the pride I take in my work, and the fact that I always enjoy a challenge.”

BEWARE the ‘SNAKE OIL SALESMaN’

“A pet hate I have about my profession is the unfortunate existence of advisors or ‘specialists’ offering contrived, generic, non-commercial advice for ridiculous fees: the snake oil salesman – an occurrence as old as time. Unfortunately, the tax profession is not exempt.”

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