Howard Hackney LLP


Howard Howard Hackney LLP is a new generation advisory practice of Chartered Accountants focussed on identifying the issues and problems faced by privately owned and family businesses, high net worth individuals and professional practices. We work with our clients to provide and implement practical solutions to the issues they face.

What makes us different is that we are creative and imaginative and consider the client in the round (company, management, shareholders and individuals) from the perspective of a number of disciplines (corporate finance, tax, financial planning, strategic planning, business advice and softer skills) to help clients achieve their objectives – often objectives they would not achieve without our help.

About Howard Hackney

In  2008 Howard escaped from Grant Thornton UK LLP, where he had been a partner for over 25 years, to establish his own boutique practice.

During his time at Grant Thornton he has had a variety of roles although his first love has always been client service where he feels he can really “make a difference”. He has been based in Liverpool and Warrington in the North West of England for most of his career. He joined Grant Thornton in Liverpool in 1974 before moving to London for 3 years. He returned to the North West to lead the acquisition and integration of a practice in Warrington and was the managing partner of that office for 10 years before returning to his native Liverpool in 1992.

He was a member of the firm’s partner selection panel for 8 years, was the North West Regional Marketing partner for 10 years and during his last 4 years at GT he led the Special Projects team in Liverpool office during a period of double digit compound growth. He was Head of Family Business nationally from 2006 until his escape.

In 2002 he won the CBI’s national award as “Best Business Adviser” having been short listed in 2001. He is a regular contributor to both the broadcast and print media and speaks regular at seminars and conferences.

To contact Howard directly call him on 07968 059 363 or email


Press Releases & Articles

Autumn Statement
Presentation on the impact of Autumn statement on partnership structure by Howard Hackney and Jon Miller. Publish Jan 14th 2014.Click here to download the PDF

Leading Cheshire Firms Facilitate Specialist Acquisition Deal.
Cheshire-based firms Aaron & Partners LLP and Howard Hackney LLP have concluded a significant acquisition deal on behalf of a leading asbestos litigation practice. Read Full Release

Managing Your Partner Resource
In this article Howard extracts the key points applicable to PI firms from the issues raised in a Webinar that he presented to the Law Management Section of the Law society on 18 September 2013 while it has been updated for the impact of the changes announced in the Chancellor’s autumn Statement. Read Article

Selling your Law Firm
The purchase and sale of law firms are at unprecedented levels given the strategic changes that have taken and continue to take place in the “legal industry”.  In this article Howard Hackney – who presented much of this in a Webinar to the Law Management Section in March 2013 – considers the issues involved and how best to maximize value. Read Article 

Podcasts – Meeting the challenge

This is an initial series of Podcasts which can either be downloaded or played direct from the website on what are perhaps the most important issues facing professional practices



Howard has given a selection of Webinars for the law society, slides are available on request:

Pensions for partners in law firms especially now not as boring! (More info and Purchase)

Tax planning for family businesses (More info and Purchase)

Offering and taking equity – a case study (More info and Purchase)

Law firm mergers- strategic intent to practical completion (More info and Purchase)

Managing your escape

Buying and selling a Personal Injury practice – what is my PI practice worth

Managing your partner resource

LLP or Limited Company Structures post the Autumn Statement

Pensions for the self employed, not as boring as you might think

Financial management for none partners

Avoid conflict in family businesses and partnerships

Evaluating future options, business structures, mergers acquisitions and market exits

Should I take Equity

Funding for law firms (More info and Purchase)

Tax and privately owned property businesses, overcoming the challenges (More info and Purchase)

What’s hot in Tax



What is my law firm worth

Valuation Template (Excel)
Valuation Slides (PPTPDF)

Company Valuation

Valuation Template (Excel)
More about company valuation

Managing your partner resource

Slides from 13/07/13 (pdf)

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