Howard Hackney LLP


Howard Hackney LLP is a new generation advisory practice of Chartered Accountants focused 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 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 Grant Thornton 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.

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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.

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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. It has been updated for the impact of the changes announced in the Chancellor’s autumn Statement.

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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 maximise value. 

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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 and other organisations – you are welcome to view the full range here.


What is my law firm worth

Valuation Template (Excel)

Company Valuation

Valuation Template (Excel)
More about company valuation

Managing your partner resource

Slides from 13/07/13 (pdf)

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