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Highgate Society treasurer and Big Four accountant on swapping Deloitte and KPMG for Highgate

Kabir Ali runs an accountancy firm in Archway Road Kabir Ali runs an accountancy firm in Archway Road

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:00 AM

What brought you to Highgate? My business partner Sang, who is a corporate lawyer, was looking for a small business to invest in and she set up a hair salon. The premises next door was empty and it seemed like a great opportunity. After much deliberation, I thought, why not. I haven’t got children or a mortgage to worry about. Better do it now before that happens. It is a friendly area with a village feel, still accessible by clients in the city and other areas, thanks to the Tube station and good parking in the area.

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What’s the best memory you have of the area? For me it has to be the launch party for my accounting firm last year.

What is the area’s best kept secret? I love the tea and atmosphere at High Tea in the village.

What would you change about Highgate? The property prices. It would be nice if it was a bit more accessible.

If you were editor of the Ham&High for a day, what local issue would you champion? Sustainable development in the area to increase the number of reasonably priced homes for young people.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met? I have an uncle who has just retired. His youthful outlook, curiosity and kindness even after a challenging life is a great inspiration to me. I hope that when I am that old, I have the same attitude to life.

What makes you smile on your way home? Catching a bit of sunshine or a nice sunset.

How would you spend your perfect Sunday in Highgate? A leisurely walk through the woods.

Where in the world would you twin with Highgate? Didn’t they stop twinning cities after the 1960s?

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say? His body lies here, but his ideas and influence live on.

Kabir Ali was in conversation with Imogen Blake.

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