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The Diary&#39s mother…

The Diary&#39s mother always said “never trust a man with a beard” and now we

know why. No this is not a picture of Whitechurch Securities chief

executive Kean Seager in a mid-1980s beardie moment, rather the proto-type

of the new breed of lighter-touch salesmen. The Diary understands the plan

is for all second-tier advisers to sport a Sandler beard if they are

selling Sandler products.

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