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One minute with ... Jonathan Riley

How did you end up in tax?

Accident. I needed a job before going to study journalism and loved it so much I stayed!

Who in tax do you most admire?

Mike Warburton – a great passion for tax in the right way – ensuring it is understandable and relevant to clients.

What are you working on at the moment? 

Delivering a tax strategy for Grant Thornton that is relevant to our needs – both clients and our people.

Is there a common problem you come across time and again in tax?

Complexity. It’s actually at the heart of the current fuss over tax avoidance – if the regimes were simpler and rates lower then the need to navigate around a complex regime in the UK (and overseas) would be reduced.

What advice would give to someone entering the profession? 

Clients clients clients. Tax is not an abstract...

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