Independent accounting and business advisory firm HURST has launched a private client tax service to enhance its offering to business owners, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.

Karen Chadwick, who has 30 years’ experience in the field, has joined HURST as a partner to lead the new offering.

She has moved from Azets, where she was a tax partner. She previously worked at firms including Deloitte, KPMG and CLB Coopers.

During her career, Karen has gained a wealth of personal and trust tax compliance and advisory experience and technical knowledge, particularly in the areas of trusts and inheritance tax.

She said: “HURST is on an impressive and ambitious growth trajectory, as a strong, independent north west accountancy firm whose team delivers a first-class service to a varied client base as well as contacts and intermediaries, backed by a strong, cohesive and close-knit management team.

“The partners have recognised there is a need and demand within the firm’s tax service line for a dedicated private client tax offering, and I am thrilled to take up the opportunity to lead it.

“I’m excited to be part of the firm’s journey and to complement the existing partner group and HURST’s skilled and ambitious team to assist with the future development and growth of the practice.

“I look forward to applying my experience and technical knowledge to help clients achieve their personal and family wealth objectives now and in the future.”

HURST’s managing partner Tim Potter said: ““As the firm cements its position as the number one independent north west firm working with owner-managed businesses in the £5m-£100m turnover space, we have taken the decision to enhance our offering with a new service to support our high net worth clients with inheritance tax, trusts and complex personal tax matters.

“This is an exciting development for HURST and we are delighted to welcome Karen to the fold. We expect her vast experience and knowledge to be in high demand from our enviable client base of high net worth individuals.”

HURST focuses on advising entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses across all sectors. Clients include Kinaxia Logistics, M&I Materials, Beechfield Brands, Duerr’s, Oliver Valves, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Krones UK, Creamline Dairies, Scapa Group and Hyde Group.

The firm recently moved its head office to a new flagship development in Stockport to accommodate its growing team, taking 11,000sq ft at 3 Stockport Exchange, the latest phase of a £145m project by Muse Developments and Stockport Council.

HURST had been based since 1996 in Tiviot Dale in Stockport town centre, but outgrew the premises. The firm aims to grow from 120 staff to around 170 over the next three years.