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I have had a dismal year so far. I have paid an architect £6,000 in fees for plans for a job which he estimated would cost me £50,000. The best builder&#39s quote so far has been £158,000 plus VAT.

I pay my accountant a monthly service fee. He has ignored my last two emails (six weeks and two weeks ago).

I recently instructed a lawyer to seek a quote for counsel&#39s opinion on a complex tax planning matter. Counsel misunderstood and gave a full opinion, together with his fee account. The lawyer has requested a £1,400 fee.

I wish they had all been on commission.

Derek Forbes

Orford, Suffolk


SG Asset Management – SG UK Specialist 350 Fund

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