Welcome

What alternative?

You may have visited the website of our sister company – Accountants’ Defence & Advisory Services Ltd and found that Accountants’ Defence can only help with your problem if you are a subscribing member.

And if not, what then can you do?

Well, the answer lies here because we, ANCS, can and will help you resolve your problems, but, unlike Accountants’ Defence, we will charge you a fee for those services.

So what does ANCS do for accountants?So what does ANCS do for accountants?
We give our clients, whether or not in practice, advice concerning complaints, regulatory and disciplinary cases. We also advise on professional matters, ethics, difficult clients and provide guidance on how to apply for readmission to membership. But, primarily, we are here to represent accountants before disciplinary, appeal and regulatory committees.
Incorporated
ANCS commenced trading on 1st November 2013. The company was set up by Chris Cope, solicitor (1976) and David Young FCA who worked in the ICAEW’s Professional Standards Office from 1992 to 2003. Chris Cope dealt with complaints/discipline at the ICAEW from 1976-1983. Since 1984, he has specialised in advising hundreds of accountants before accountancy tribunals - ICAEW/ ACCA/ ICAS/ CIMA/ CIPFA/ Taxation Disciplinary Board (CIOT)/ APA.
We can help you or business
What is ANCS? What is ANCS?
Our two directors can assist clients in the UK facing a complaint, disciplinary proceedings, a regulatory problem or a difficult practice issue and by providing advice generally. In other words, we exist to help you solve your practice problems. Our two directors include a chartered accountant and a solicitor, both having considerable experience of dealing with complaints, disciplinary hearings and practice problems. For more information about our advisers click here.
Why use ANCS? Why use ANCS?
Practitioners have never been under greater pressure with practice inspection and the Money Laundering Regulations adding yet more worries. The average ICAEW Investigation Committee combined fine and costs is now over £5000 (excluding insolvency cases which incur low costs and no fine), compared to £6500 at the Disciplinary Committee. (ACCA figure is similar).
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
As we are not a firm of solicitors, we are not regulated by the SRA as a law practice. We are, though, registered with the SRA (606905) and Chris Cope (solicitor) holds a practising certificate.