The two men also complement each other in the social arena. While Mr Brindle goes in for repartee, the other "Mr B" has more of a penchant for the tall tale. These usually hark back to the days when huge negligence suits were a nightmare yet to be invented, audits involved long, dull days of counting - only rarely with the aid of an adding machine - and the business world was inhabited by characters who stretched credulity. Now 46, and a tax specialist for nearly 20 years, he admits to finding DTI inspectors' reports entertaining bedtime reading.
Raised in the North-east, he left Newcastle University with a first in law and joined PW's office in the City in 1970. Although a member of the firm's European management board, he still finds the time to be a non-executive director of the Tyne & Wear Urban Development Corporation and chairman of the Special Trustees of the Newcastle Hospitals.