Lawyers/Advisers for Accountant Complaints and Disciplinary Cases

For free initial advice, please contact Chris Cope (director/solicitor) on 01769 581581 , or, alternatively, send him an email

Are you facing a complaint and need expert advice?

For any accountant in practice to be informed that a complaint has been made to their professional body and that the complaint is to be investigated, will, inevitably, be an extremely worrying matter. You will not know the likely outcome to the investigation. It may be referred to an Investigation Committee. But, equally, it may end up before a Disciplinary Committee. It is therefore absolutely essential that the practising accountant obtains expert advice at the earliest possible stage and that's where we come in. Chris Cope and David Young FCA, have between them 65 years experience dealing with accountant complaint and disciplinary cases. We provide specialist advice and representation for accountants.

We can advise and defend you now!

We will give priority to your problem and advise you as to what you should do. We will also assist in drafting your response to the professional body. We will guide you throughout the investigation and if - which we hope will not happen - you are referred to the Disciplinary Committee, Chris Cope will represent you or ensure that you are represented by experienced counsel. We will, though, need to charge you a fee for our services. However, we consider that our hourly rates are reasonable. We also offer no-obligation free initial advice (by telephone or email) about your case and your requirements.

We are here to assist the accountancy profession and offer a unique service in the UK.

So what does 

ANCS do for accountants?So what does ANCS do for accountants?
We give accountants access to a specialist lawyer and 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 hearings, appeal and regulatory committees.
We can help you or business
What is ANCS? 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 hearings and tribunals - ICAEW/ ACCA/ ICAS/ CIMA/ CIPFA/ Taxation Disciplinary Board (CIOT)/ APA.
What is ANCS? Expertise in defending and representing accountants
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 accountant complaints, disciplinary hearings and practice problems. For more information about our advisers click here.
What is ANCS? Why do accountants need 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 lawyers or 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.