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LIFE OF A DAY IN THE JULIE FAIRCLOUGH DIRECTOR, ZEDRA, JERSEY 6.00 a.m.


The alarm clock goes off and I’m in the shower pretty quickly. I’m a morning person so getting up isn’t much of chore. My husband, Neil, works shifts, so if he’s also going to work, I’ll have breakfast with him.


7.30 a.m


Depending on the traffic, I’m usually in the office for 7.30, armed with either porridge from a local coffee emporium or a smoothie made with my Nutribullet (I’m addicted). It may look like sludge (and sometimes it tastes like that too), but I’m sure it’s doing me good. First order of the day is to check my calendar and then catch up on the overnight e- mails. Our clients and ZEDRA offices are global, which means the e-mail traffic never sleeps!


8.00 a.m


An early morning briefing with my boss ensures that we both know what’s happening during the day and our priorities. I try to catch up with members of my team too.


10.00 a.m


One of my clients is relocating to the U.K. and there are complex tax considerations. I have a call with a U.K. tax expert to discuss the various issues and the restructuring needed before the client arrives in London. I follow up with a call to the client to explain the main issues and the timing implications for his move. Some of it is not what he wants to hear, but saying “no” is often the most valuable thing a trustee can do for their client.


10.30 a.m


The most important time of the day – I have to have a hot chocolate from the machine in our breakout area. I simply cannot function without it. It’s also a good excuse to get up from my desk and walk the floor, catching up with the teams.


12.30 p.m.


Lunch usually involves running out of the office, grabbing a sandwich and running back again to carry on working. Fortunately today my colleague and I have been invited to lunch by a law firm we work with. It’s a real treat to get out of the office and catch up with our contacts. The whole industry is focussing on the new HMRC changes coming


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