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Business Valuations

There are many situations where you need to determine the value of a business, shareholdings in a business, or the assets of a business.

These type of valuations are quite often complex, being dependent on a number of internal and external factors such as economic and industry-specific drivers and the processes of the business in question.

Harwood Hutton’s forensic accounting team can undertake business valuations in relation to the following matters:

  • In commercial transactions when buyers or sellers are looking for a guide price
  • In commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes
  • For capital gains tax purposes, when businesses or shares are transferred between connected persons
  • In matrimonial disputes (including divorce)
  • For inheritance tax purposes when shares or assets in a business are not subject to relief from tax
  • Transaction pricing
  • Professional negligence claims.

We are also experienced in the valuation of intellectual property and other intangible assets, partnership interests, stock options, warrants and the capitalised value of lost earnings.

Reasons to choose Harwood Hutton

  • We offer an initial free, no-obligation telephone call or meeting
  • With our background in accountancy, we bring practical commercial insights to bear
  • We have the skill and expertise required to identify and consider the key factors relevant to an individual business and to assess the most appropriate business valuation methods to apply in each situation
  • We consistently produce robust business valuations upon which key decisions can be based.

Flexible expertise

We can be appointed either in an advisory capacity or as independent expert (party appointed or single joint expert) to provide an independent expert business valuation to the standard required for use in court proceedings.

We have also acted in the capacity of party appointed shadow expert in order to assess the reasonableness of another expert’s business valuation. Shadow experts can either identify key areas of challenge to a valuation or provide a party with confidence over the reasonableness of a valuation as the case may be.

Objective and independent

Harwood Hutton works with clients and their legal advisors as required to ensure the valuation delivered is fit for purpose and provides the end client with value for money. We are objective and independent and our work adheres to the highest professional quality and service standards in line with the standards of our professional body NIFA (Network of Independent Forensic Accountants).




Every client is unique and deserves a unique service. Our philosophy is to put our clients first - to understand their situation and provide a first class service tailored to their specific needs.

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    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
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    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
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    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
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    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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