Jonathan Conder is a man revitalised, having handed over the mantle of private client practice head to Piers Barclay after 12 years at the helm. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the job but I’m doing much more client work now,’ he says. Things became frenetic around the start of 2017: ‘We needed all hands on deck January to March. The partners stopped travelling and we hunkered down and did the work with a hard deadline of 5 April. Then the Finance Bill didn’t happen — it got all derailed [by the snap election]. If there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that anything can happen,’ Conder laughs. His infectious love of the job comes through, even if at the moment his native optimism is tempered by the prevailing uncertainty.