Defending Accountants and Accounting Firms

‘knowledgeable about complex financial regulatory issues’. Legal 500 UK 2017

Faced with an ICAEW disciplinary, ACCA disciplinary, FRC disciplinary or regulatory investigation? Our top-ranked specialist accountancy defence lawyers are able to offer you advice and support no matter your situation.

Legal defence for accountants

As experts in defending accountants, we understand that circumstances can arise in life which could put your professional registration in jeopardy. If you are facing an investigation or disciplinary action, contact a member of our specialist team, early advice could be key in ensuring a preferred outcome.

Our specialist regulatory defence solicitors act for accountancy firms, accountants and provisional accountancy members in relation to a wide range of regulatory and disciplinary issues, including:

  • disciplinary investigations and interviews
  • disciplinary committee hearings
  • appeal committee hearings
  • responding to requests for information
  • audit committee proceedings
  • practising certificate and other regulatory requirements

Regulatory and disciplinary defence lawyers for accountants

We offer a dedicated and compassionate service designed to ensure that you are properly guided through the nuances of this area of law. Our clear, practical advice will enable you to understand your options at each stage of the process and to devise a strategy for you.

We are top ranked in two of the UK’s leading legal directories, Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 and fully understand the implications that an investigation can have on you, your professional life and your family.

Proceedings before accountancy bodies

We have substantial experience in defending Chartered Accountants, provisional members and accountancy firms before their professional bodies, some of which include:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)
  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

We can also advise on any regulatory issues that may arise, including audit registration matters, practising certificate requirements, applications for membership, training responsibilities and disclosing convictions or adverse findings to your regulator.

Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Investigations

Our specialist solicitors have significant experience in Financial Reporting Council (FRC) investigations. We can advise you or your firm in relation to proceedings under the FRC’s Accountancy Scheme or the FRC’s Audit Enforcement Procedure.

Our expert lawyers are excellently placed to support you through all aspects of an FRC investigation, including:

  • advising on the FRC disciplinary process and the FRC’s powers
  • preparing for and representation at an FRC interview
  • responding to a Proposed Formal Complaint
  • negotiating an FRC settlement
  • preparation for an FRC disciplinary tribunal hearing
  • representation before the FRC Disciplinary Tribunal
  • advising on any publicity that may arise from FRC proceedings


Navigating regulation in the accountancy world

 knowledgeable about complex financial regulatory issues"

Legal 500 UK, 2017

The "incredibly impressive" Julie Matheson receives praise from market commentators who say she is "personable, incisive and knows the factual area and legislation back to front”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

The team working on my case was first-rate: they gave lightning-fast responses and possessed unparalleled expert knowledge of my profession, its regulatory bodies and the law relating to professional discipline"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

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Accounting & Finance - Knowledge Hub

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Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland


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