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John Brace
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John Brace
Managing Director
John spent much of his early career in senior accounting posts in the construction and house-building industry. This led to starting his own construction business which he sold by way of an MBO, after which he returned to public practice at Harwood Hutton. In addition to his responsibilities as Managing Director he handles a portfolio of clients particularly in energy, construction, property and media.

Having been in business he understands problems at the ‘coal face’ and spends much of his time advising clients on business issues and development. In addition he has undertaken expert witness work, mainly in business and matrimonial disputes and professional negligence, and has provided extensive advice on financial issues in litigation.

John has a keen interest in business and the environment and was a non-executive director of a leading UK renewable energy group. He continues his involvement with the industry, advising clients in renewables, natural resources and energy equipment supplies. He also regularly advises foreign companies on setting up business in the UK and the EU.

John was a member of Council of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for nine years and served as President in its centenary year. John was a founding member of the Institute of Expert Witnesses and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1999.

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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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