The Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion: Two years on
Our lawyers successfully defended two accountants who were subject to disciplinary proceedings by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). The ICAEW alleged that the individuals, who were employees of a private equity administrator, had engaged in public practice without holding a practising certificate. We prepared submissions on behalf of the Respondents which carefully analysed the legal position in relation to the ICAEW rules. As a result, the allegations were withdrawn prior to being considered by the Investigation Committee.
By obtaining advice in the early stages of an investigation, it may be possible to have an allegation of misconduct withdrawn or the scope of the investigation significantly narrowed. It is therefore critical that accountants facing disciplinary proceedings obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity.
For further information in relation to the assistance we can provide to accountants, accountancy firms and accountancy technicians who are subject to disciplinary proceedings, please visit our Defending Financial Professionals page, or contact Julie Matheson.
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