An overview by Partner and Head of Private Client, Nicole Marmor.
It was a great pleasure to attend the annual meeting last week of the Alliott Group German Circle which, this year, took place in the beautiful city of Salzburg and coincided with the festival of St Rupert, Salzburg’s equivalent of the Münich Oktoberfest.
The number of delegates was the highest ever and lawyers, accountants and tax advisers came from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy (Süd Tyrol), Hungary and Czech Republic as well as the UK.
We were honoured to have our Worldwide Chairman, Colin Farmer and COO, Giles Brake, address the meeting. They informed us that there are now Alliott Group Member Firms in 61 countries throughout the world giving us access to an international market for our clients to service their business requirements through close personal relationships. The Group’s aim is to be represented in 100 countries by 2022.
Amongst subjects discussed were digitalisation and the impact it has had and will have on our working practices in the next 10 years; the new EU rules applicable to tax schemes and the obligation to disclose which comes into effect in 2020 (but already exists in the UK).
We also discussed the nurturing of talent from within our own firms and setting up work placements between members of the Group.
Of course, members of the German Circle were keen to discuss the subject of Brexit with me and interestingly, our Dutch members were pretty certain that the Netherlands would follow suit!