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1st Jul, 2022

Christopher Hart - property taxation expert and avid rugby fan dies aged 70

A LEADING authority on UK property taxation and chairman of selectors for Midlands U18s rugby has died at home in Wellesbourne, aged 70.

Christopher Hart was chairman of the RICS taxation policy panel, dealing with HM Revenue & Customs and helping draft government legislation on taxation matters, a subject he both lectured in and wrote books about.

He started work in local estate agency, qualified as a chartered surveyor, joined the Valuation Office in Coventry and was then transferred to London for seven years.

Regarded as one of, if not the leading authority in his field, he also ran his own consulting practice, representing blue chip clients such as global drinks giant Diageo and Unilever, as well as law firms and accountants. He was also called upon as an expert witness in tribunal cases at the highest level.

Once a trialist for the Olympic sailing team, Mr Hart was also an avid rugby man. He was chairman of several organisations within Warwickshire RFU and was a selector for Midlands U16s before being elected chairman of selectors for the Midlands U18s.

Most recently, he was made a selector for the England Women National Academy U18s group at Loughborough University.

A former pupil at Warwick School, he also enjoyed playing cricket and golf. He leaves his wife Susan, a business mentor and lifestyle blogger, and son Nicholas, who played rugby for Leicester University and had a semi-pro contract with Leicester Lions.

The funeral will take place at the North Chapel, Oakley Wood, at noon on Friday February 8.

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