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One minute with... Andrew Terry

How did you end up in tax?

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1984 I worked for a provincial law firm in the corporate department. I found the tax aspects of deals the most interesting including the soon to be abolished development land tax and the newly introduced CFC rules. In the 1980s if you wanted to specialise in corporate tax in a law firm you had to move to the City so I joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1985.

Who in tax do you most admire?

Christopher Preston who for many years was the senior tax partner of Watson Farley & Williams. Chris recognised at a very early stage the growing importance of VAT. He also encouraged me to develop a clear writing style describing complex issues in simple language – a very useful skill.

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