On 13 February 2015, the FCA launched a webpage providing information and data about the use of attestations. The trend is that they are on the increase. What are they, when should they be signed and who should sign them?
On 3 February 2015 Cumbrian building firm Peter Mawson Ltd became the latest company to be convicted of corporate manslaughter. The conviction followed the death of Jason Pennington who was killed in 2011 when he fell through a skylight onto concrete. The company, which pleaded guilty to the offence, was fined £220,000, as well as costs of £31,500.
If asked to answer truthfully, I am sure many professionals would, at some point, and to varying degrees, have acted in a way which was less than entirely honest. For most, this would have been an isolated event, which has long been put out of their minds. Few would have thought through the range of consequences of such an act; however, as a professional, acting dishonestly, or with a lack of integrity, could have wide-reaching consequences.