Dragon PR man challenges HMRC arrest
A PR executive who has represented some of the stars of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den is threatening to sue HMRC and his former accountants for wrongful arrest.
Richard Hillgrove is a cowboy-hat wearing PR practitioner who has worked for Dragons’ Den stars James Caan, Duncan Bannatyne and Simon Woodroffe. As managing director of Hillgrove PR he has carved a niche as a reputation management specialist for celebrity business figures and professionals in distress, but now faces a major challenge to his own professional credibility in a high profile tax case.
He faces a preliminary hearing on charges of cheating the public revenue of £100,000 at Taunton Crown Court, Business Matters magazine reported.
Hillgrove strenuously denies the charge.
The hearing was originally scheduled for 17 September, but has been delayed until 28 September at the request of the PR man's solicitor.