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Independent Advisers & Consultants Community

Practical support and guidance for anyone in an independent role, from those making the first step to those who have established portfolio careers, tailored to accounting and finance professionals. Whether you are an independent business adviser, part-time FD, interim manager or consultant you will be able to discover new networking opportunities with the Independent Advisers & Consultants Community.

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Choose how you learn with CABA

Fit an e-learning course around your schedule or work directly with our CABA’s expert trainers. ACA students, past and present ICAEW members and their close family can choose from 32 free personal and professional development courses and learn in a way that suits them.

Life as an independent adviser and consultant

Missed the IAC launch event?

Follow this link to watch Sara Daw’s talk at Chartered Accountants’ Hall about the Future of Work for CFO Portfolio Professionals on the FD Center website.

Tools for business

Guidance on engagement letters, the ethical questions you may face as an independent consultant, what to do if there is a complaint, IR35 restrictions, practice certficates, professional indemnity insurance, risk management and how to write a contract.

Do I need a Practising Certificate?

You may find the scenarios shown in Annex 2 particularly helpful as these cover different roles such as ‘interim managers’, ‘NEDS’ and ‘portfolio careers’

New guidance on practising certificates flowchart

ICAEW is issuing new guidance called the ICAEW Statement on Engaging in Public Practice (effective 1 January 2017) to help members understand when they need a practising certificate. This simplified flowchart helps members to navigate the requirements.

Technical knowledge

Practical guidance on technical matters for interim managers, independent advisers and  consultants.


TAXguides are published by ICAEW Tax Faculty to provide practical guidance to members on important developments to tax practice and policy.


ICAEW is the largest insolvency regulator in the UK. We offer the opportunity for ICAEW Chartered Accountants and non-ICAEW members to qualify and be licensed as insolvency practitioners with us. We also offer a comprehensive programme of support for our current and future insolvency practitioners including membership to our Restructuring & Insolvency Community.

Developing a digital marketing strategy

This guide provides an overview of some of the many management issues involved, for example the role of backup as a part of broader business continuity and resilience strategies. These highlight the fact that backup is not merely a technology issue but one that can go to the heart of the business's survival.

The power of branding

The Design Council's guide on how developing a brand can help improve your business and the perception of your service.

Cyber security

This resource centre provides a focal point for ICAEW members looking for support in managing cyber risks.

Cloud computing

News, opinion pieces and case studies aimed at helping members gain a better understanding of cloud services.

The Library & Information Service provides a hand-picked collection of industry press articles as a benefit of ICAEW membership. If you are unable to access an article, please see our Online resources troubleshooting or contact library@icaew.com


Timewise Power 50

Winners of the Timewise annual awards championing people and organisations who excel at flexible working.

Considering consulting? Ask these questions first

Advice for accountants considering independent consulting as the next stage in their career.

Temporary influence

Five tips for creating an impact as an interim manager when starting a new management role.

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Independent Advisers & Consultants Community newsletters

Access existing newsletters for the Independent Advisers & Consultants Community.

February 2019 – The portfolio business model is the future

Building a sustainable portfolio career as a part time CFO will de-risk your future and give you freedom and success forever. Join us at this Community's first event to find-out more. Spaces are limited so sign-up today.

October 2018 – The Interim Management Community is changing

Important membership changes are coming to the Interim Management Community. From 2019 the Community will become the Independent Advisers & Consultants Community (IAC). The new community will be completely free for existing and new members.