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Cathy Rouse
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Cathy Rouse
Cathy has a wide range of skills across several taxes for individuals and businesses. She has special expertise in wealth planning, inheritance tax and trusts so she can advise families through the generations on the best bespoke tax strategy.

As a former HM Inspector of Taxes, Cathy is ideally qualified to handle enquiries, disputes, disclosures and any problems with HMRC. She has a wide understanding of cross-border movement issues for individuals, encompassing taxation and social security matters, and can advise individuals and employers alike.

Cathy was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 16 years, specialising in serious HMRC Investigations, employment taxes, National Insurance contributions, employee reward and incentives and expatriate tax. She then worked as UK Tax Manager for a listed Top 100 company, a reward and flexible benefits consultant and then, before joining Harwood Hutton, a UK Top 10 accountancy firm.

The favourite part of Cathy's work is getting to know clients, and strong relationships are key to her success. She is currently advising a number of families on their wealth planning, which has entailed restructuring their property portfolios. She is also dealing with various disclosures and serious HMRC investigations.

Cathy has an eye for interior design and loves spending time on the Northumberland coast, where she has been a regular visitor for the past 25 years.

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  • I always get quick, clear and definitive responses from the Harwood Hutton tax team – commercial answers to commercial issues.

    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
  • Right from the outset Harwood Hutton gave us direction and great advice – and that advice has evolved over the years as we’ve grown. We’re both medium-sized companies providing a bespoke service – one furniture, one accountancy – and the relationship works.

    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
  • I’m deeply impressed with Harwood Hutton’s extensive knowledge of tax arrangements for residential and commercial property landlords.

    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
  • They really took their time to understand what was important to us and our business and the expertise we required. Whoever we speak to at HH, we get the same fantastic response and technical input. It’s a real partnership.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
  • I have worked with the directors at Harwood Hutton on a number of mutual client matters over many years. The reassurance of their clear, commercial and focussed advice is one of the main reasons I regard this as one of my most valuable professional relationships.

    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
  • Harwood Hutton never seem to rest on their laurels. They are always seeking out new avenues and ways to improve their offering. A very forward-thinking company with staff who are always well briefed and who approach each task with drive.

    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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