Sanctions and Appeals ICAEW

If the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) upholds a formal complaint against you, it may choose to impose sanctions. You can make an appeal to the Appeal Committee if you disagree with their decision.

You only have 28 days to make an appeal, so please do not delay in contacting us for expert legal advice. We can prepare your appeal, applying our knowledge of the law to get you a more favourable outcome.

To speak to a solicitor, call us on 0151 909 2380 or complete a Free Online Enquiry.

Types of sanctions

If the ICAEW’s Disciplinary Committee upholds a complaint against you, it must decide what sanctions to impose, if any. The decision is based on the severity of the misconduct, any aggravating or mitigating circumstances, and (if you want) your financial situation.

The potential sanctions available to the Disciplinary Committee include –

  • A reprimand
  • A fine
  • The removal of your practising certificate
  • The removal of your ICAEW membership
  • The order that you waive, reduce or return any fees or commission
  • The order that you take remedial action to resolve the issue


Make an appeal

If you disagree with the Disciplinary Committee’s decision, you can make an appeal. This involves submitting a written application to the Appeal Committee. You must do this within 28 days of the Disciplinary Committee’s decision against you.

The Appeal Committee consists of five people – one legal expert, two chartered accountants and two lay people. It reviews the evidence presented to the Disciplinary Committee. You can also request that any fresh evidence is taken into account.

If the Appeal Committee finds in your favour, it can –

  • Overturn the Disciplinary Committee’s decision
  • Vary a sentencing order the committee has made – including offering a more lenient penalty
  • Order that your costs be paid by ICAEW


How can we help?

We provide legal representation to chartered accountants facing disciplinary action and sanctions.

We appreciate this is a scary time for you. Being penalised by the ICAEW can have a major bearing on your job, sometimes damaging it beyond repair. This is particularly true where the Disciplinary Committee removes your practising certificate or ICAEW membership.

However, please do not give up. You can always appeal the decision. We can prepare the case on your behalf. As part of this, we will investigate whether there is any fresh evidence that was not originally presented to the tribunal. If so, we can make an application to ensure this evidence is relied upon by the Appeal Committee.

With our expertise, you can be confident that the strongest legal arguments are put forward in favour of your case. We know what is at stake and work hard to get the Disciplinary Committee’s decision amended.

Contact us now

You only have 28 days to make an appeal, so early legal advice is essential. If you have been found guilty of misconduct by the ICAEW’s Disciplinary Committee, contact us to discuss your options.

Call us on 0151 909 2380 or complete a Free Online Enquiry.

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