Michael's Story

Michael joined Richardson Swift in 2016 as a graduate trainee after completing a degree in marine engineering and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2020. After qualifying he became a client adviser, managing a number of key client accounts and being their main point of contact. He has developed a wide range of experience and currently oversees a diverse portfolio of clients including both individuals and owner managed businesses. In April he was appointed an Associate Director.

What do you most enjoy about your work?

I can honestly say I love all aspects of my work. My team are fantastic, professional and committed, and a pleasure to work alongside. My clients are both varied and interesting and I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level, their aims and aspirations so that I can better help them meet their full potential.

What are you most proud of professionally?

My relationship with my clients. To become a trusted adviser is a difficult task. I’ve been fortunate to deal with some amazing clients over the years from one-man bands up to large corporate groups, and there’s no better satisfaction than helping any client achieve their goals and potential.

What challenges come with the role?

It’s all about solving complex problems by analysing intricate financial data and lifestyle information so you can provide accurate recommendations, while balancing diverse client needs. And all this needs to be done while keeping up with constantly evolving regulatory compliance, which means being on top of evolving laws and accounting standards. Then there are technological advancements, which mean adapting to new tools, such as AI and blockchain, and addressing cybersecurity risks. It’s a challenging job but that’s why I love it.

What do you most enjoy about working in Bath?

I’ve both lived and worked in Bath now for the past decade, and I couldn’t imagine being in a better place. It’s an architecturally stunning city, steeped in history and culture, plus I rarely miss a weekend walk along the canal, stopping for lunch and a pint in one of Bath’s many cosy pubs.


Michael Coomer