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Informed Choice managing director Nick Bamford dons a Harry Potter style-gown as he graduates with a BA Hons degree in financial services from Napier University, Edinburgh. Next to him is Standard Life’s Eric Bruce.

The two created a study group in Guildford with another IFA, Churchouse Financial Planning’s Keith Churchouse, who graduates next year. Bamford thought he would be the oldest person at the ceremony but was easily beaten by a chap of 69 who was also getting his degree. “I didn’t getting my James Bond physique by eating a second chocolate after the meal.”

Norwich Union PR guru Dave Gwyer impresses his dining companions with his powers of abstinence.

“At least he’s done something for the industry.”

Association of British Insurers chairman Keith Satchell praises FSA chief John Tiner’s last-minute penalty miss in a game against the ABI

“The girls’ singing wasn’t too unpleasant. It was quite tuneful from the back of the room.”

Norwich Union PR Rob Pell flatters the MM girls on their karaoke efforts

“The only things I’m wearing that are not from Oxfam are my knickers and socks.”

Freelancer Annie Shaw explains her outfit for the Ostcar awards at The Dorchester

“If I should die, think only this of me, there’s some corner of the Treasury stacked with my IHT.”

Chartered accountants MacIntyre Hudson get all poetic about the pre-Budget report


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