The Business Law Department
The Business Law Department lobbies for changes in areas of the law and regulation which are relevant to accountants and the accountancy profession. It also contributes, where possible, to proposed changes in the law and provides guidance on the outcomes.
The Business Law Team
Charles is head of the business law department and has a particular focus on company law, insolvency, workplace pensions, charities and social housing.
Dr Jane Berney FCA
Jane looks at a wide range of laws and regulations that members may encounter in their professional lives such as data protection, modern slavery, gender pay gap reporting, lobbying and legal services.
Liz is a lawyer working part time for the business law department with a focus on workplace pensions.
Sophie Falcon ACA
Sophie is responsible for the areas of economic crime (including anti-money laundering) and ethics.
The work of the Business law department is supported by a number of groups of volunteer experts and specialists, including:
The Business Law department's work includes:
- Directors' Responsibilities
- Anti-money laundering
- Pensions auto-enrolment
- The Charities SORP
- Better Regulation
The Business Law Committee is one of ICAEW's oldest committees. Before 1990 it was known variously as the ‘Parliamentary Committee’ and the ‘Parliamentary and Law Committee’.
It was set up to review any legislation that could affect members and the public interest, and if necessary seek to amend that legislation. In the 1880s and 1890s this included legislation on bankruptcy, directors’ liabilities, registration of accountants, trustees, railway accounts, and even public health.
Then as now the committee sought to engage with members, politicians, and other official and professional bodies. It gave expert evidence to government ministers, departments and parliamentary committees. As the work of the committee expanded, sub-committees were formed to consider particular pieces of legislation or more specialist subjects.