Specialist legal advice in accountancy regulation including assistance in regulatory or disciplinary hearings
Blake Morgan’s Accountants Defence team has significant experience in accountancy regulation and defending professionals who face disciplinary or regulatory investigations.
In 2020 Blake Morgan acquired ANCS Ltd. Renowned in his field, Chris Cope works alongside our existing team to provide advice and representation in all areas of accountancy regulation and compliance.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our expert Accountants Defence team provides straightforward and bespoke advice on a diverse range of complex issues faced by our accountant clients:
Advice and defence to regulated accountancy professionals
Our Accountants Defence team represent accountants and accountancy firms facing regulatory investigations or requiring legal assistance with other regulatory matters. We understand how important it is for you to get the right advice in the least disruptive way.
Disciplinary / regulatory investigations by regulatory bodies
We have experience of working with all the main regulatory bodies including FRC, ICAEW, ACCA, ICAS, CIMA, CIPFA and AAT.
Accountancy regulation and compliance advice
The regulatory lawyers in our Accountants Defence team provide clear, straightforward advice so you can have the confidence and knowledge to take the right steps.
Statutory regulation and disciplinary matters
Our Accountants Defence team can assist in a wide range of regulatory matters, including: Complaints and disciplinary - from complaint to investigation to hearing; Regulatory compliance, monitoring and practice assurance; Practising arrangements, including audit registration and practising certificates; Membership and readmission to professional membership bodies; Interim orders; Matters relating to health / fitness, investment business, probate, bankruptcy and insolvency; and Appeals and Judicial Review.
Achieving results without a hearing
In the right circumstances, we can often agree a resolution without unnecessary formal proceedings. We have experience in dealing with sensitive and vulnerable witnesses, obtaining witness statements, liaising with experts and obtaining other evidence to help support your case.
Experienced representation at regulatory tribunals
Our Accountants Defence team comprises a dedicated team of regulatory solicitors and barristers who have undertaken hundreds of regulatory hearings. They can guide you through the process and provide expert advocacy support at the hearing.
Strong connections to external counsel / accountancy experts
We will make use of our long standing and collaborative links with barristers' chambers and accountancy experts if your case requires expert input or specialist advocate representation at hearing.
We act for accountants and accountancy practices. We understand how stressful and intrusive an investigation can be for you; our lawyers approach each case with the sensitivity and flexibility you need to feel fully supported.
"Words alone cannot convey my appreciation for your assistance at my hour of need. I am so grateful to God and you for your diligence and professionalism at the tribunal. Indeed, you have proved yourself beyond any doubt that you are a cut above the rest and the best."
- A professional client of Chris Cope's, Nov 2019
"From the earliest communication I was just so impressed with your professionalism, dedication and endeavour – which seemed beyond any normal expectation."
- A professional client of Samantha Hatt's, April 2020
Sources describe him as "very impressive," highlighting his depth of experience as a particular strength.
- Chambers & Partners, 2020
High profile misconduct case arising from accountant's conduct as auditor of bereavement charity.
High profile misconduct case arising from conviction of former ACCA member and past Chief Executive of Irish Life & Permanent for conspiracy to defraud.
Misconduct case involving accountant who acted against the instructions of a high profile, elderly client in respect of their testamentary affairs.
Appeal in respect of accountant whose application for readmission was refused following criminal conviction.
Our team regularly write articles and provide expert comment for AccountingWEB.
Partner and Head of Regulatory
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