60-second interview with Suzanne Reisman

Suzanne Reisman, 20/2/2019

Suzanne M Reisman TEP is the principal at Law Offices of Suzanne M Reisman in London.

What is your role within your firm?

I am the sole principal.

How did it feel to win a STEP Private Client Award for Boutique Firm of the Year?

I’m absolutely thrilled. I am honoured and delighted to be recognised by my peers.

Why is winning a STEP PCA important to your firm?

The STEP PCAs are the gold standard in our industry. As a sole practitioner competing against large international firms, it is very meaningful.

What are the main challenges facing your organisation at the moment?

Public disclosure of beneficial ownership has increased the physical and cyber security risks faced by certain clients.

How will you deal with these challenges?

By increasing focus on the intersection between tax/planning advice and clients’ physical and cyber security.

What do you like best about your job?

Understanding clients’ values and/or worldview, and helping them achieve their goals while working with so many talented people around the world.

.. and what do you feel is most worthwhile?

Helping clients find the solutions they need for their families and businesses.

What would you say to a young person thinking of a career in this industry?

This is a wonderful industry for people who thrive on change. It is demanding in the best of all possible ways, requiring intellectual rigour as well as a clear-headed compassion. People outside the industry may see it as dry, but it is actually very creative.

Where do you see future growth, both in terms of sectors and jurisdictions?

Emerging markets are always growth areas. Clients seek more assistance from their advisors in relation to philanthropy, and I would encourage every STEP member who is not already engaged in that area, to learn more about it, and to discuss it on some level with their clients.

Which social media channels do you use and why?

I occasionally use LinkedIn; but social media has not been a priority to date.

Suzanne M Reisman TEP is principal, Law Offices of Suzanne M Reisman. Suzanne is a member of the STEP City of London branch, the Charities SIG Steering Committee; and is a past co-chair of the Global Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group Steering Committee.