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Dave Hartnett joins Deloitte as consultant

Former HMRC permanent secretary for tax Dave Hartnett has joined Big Four firm Deloitte.

Hartnett, criticised for his role in ‘sweetheart deals’ including Goldman Sachs and Vodafone, will work for the firm one day a week as a consultant.

Deloitte confirmed his role would be to advise foreign...


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pembo's picture

lets hope    1 thanks

pembo | | Permalink

he does as good a job advising these foreign governments on "effective" tax regimes as he did here. Like water off a ducks back to these people eh ??

pembo's picture

Lord Acton    1 thanks

pembo | | Permalink

bless him was spot on with


"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

Interesting the apparent lack of interest in this post that I suspect 20 years ago would have been a major scandal. Shows how blase everyone has become about the insidious corruption of the ethical compass of the great and good whether in the public or private sector. On ehting and one thing only ruiles One

Two words describe him -

Sherwood | | Permalink

Incompetence and Greed

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Breach of confidentiality / other similar rules

DMGbus | | Permalink

It is my understanding that knowledge gained by HMRC staff is protected by legislation - protected from disclosure to parties outside HMRC.

I do hope that the inside knowledge gained from working within HMRC is not shared with new employment / occupation.

There is "for the protection of public revenue" quite an amount of HMRC internal guidance that is NOT published.   Do we know if this knowledge will or will not now be passed to a third party outside HMRC? 

I suppose there always will be issues when "gamekeeper turns poacher" and this might be very valuable to big-ticket £ tax avoiders who may gain an "inside track" because of something akin to "conflict of interest" or "breach of (former) employer confidentiality".


What expertise does he have

Carl B | | Permalink

What expertise does he have with which to advise anybody on tax administration?  All we seemed to get is reams of legislation of ever-increasing complexity and a tax authority that bleats about "fairness" while allowing people like Hartnett to let multinationals get away with millions. I can't see how this can enhance PWC's reputation, such as it is.

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Tit for tat

pawncob | | Permalink

That says it all.

It certainly shouldn't harm PWC's reputation

BKD | | Permalink

Carl B wrote:

I can't see how this can enhance PWC's reputation, such as it is.

Given that it is Deloitte that he has joined ;)

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I didnt need a crystal ball    1 thanks

taxbakbristol | | Permalink

I didnt need a crystal ball to predict this happenning 12 months ago.I really dont know what to say about this .Its just incredible that HMR&C should come to be what they are today.They were once considered to be ethical , competent , honest helpfull and approachable (yes I was there then)!!!