This is more of a question than an advisory piece although I don’t know how many readers of this blog will know the answer.
I was looking at another tax newsletter recently that I had received from quite a large firm of accountants. It’s a nicely produced bespoke newsletter with professional photos of each author alongside their name and contact details. The same newsletter is also available online. Most of the articles were attributed to tax managers, consultants and directors. The firms’ tax partners seemed not to have been very involved. I’ve seen many similar such newsletters from smaller firms that don’t have any specialist tax tax partners.
Does this absence of any reference to tax partners give the desired impression to recipients and readers of the newsletter?
Reasons for adopting this approach could be a mix of:
- Allowing or encouraging those who have yet to make partner to get involved in PD activities
- Tax partners are too busy
- Giving credit where it’s due (rather than crediting tax partners for pieces written by staff)
If the recipients and readers of the newsletter are principally clients of the firm who know one or more of the tax partners I suspect all is well. For new contacts of the firm though I think this approach may be counter-productive.
What do they think about receiving a newsletter where the articles are not attributed to tax partners?
- Doesn’t this firm have any tax partners? I’m not inclined to use or refer work to them if the most capable tax advisers have not made partner;
Or do they think:
- I’m pleased this firm doesn’t waste their tax partners’ time on writing articles for newsletters. Better they focus on client work and resist the temptation to take credit for articles written by their staff;
Or do they think something else?
I wonder how many accountants who send out such newsletters KNOW the answer?
What do you think?