Helpsheets prepared by ICAEW Technical Advisory Services to assist you in your day-to-day work. We offer practical advice, respond to frequently asked questions and highlight the issues you may need to consider.
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Developing a specialism
Information, insights, guidance and networking opportunities on a range of industry sectors, professional specialisms and at various stages throughout your career.
Free to join for ICAEW members
ICAEW is an approved regulator and licensing authority for probate services. This enables us to accredit firms to offer probate services to their clients. Here we explain the benefits of accreditation and the application process, provide support for accredited firms and also information for consumers including a register of ICAEW accredited for probate firms.
You don’t have to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant to qualify and be licensed as an insolvency practitioner (IP) with ICAEW. We offer a comprehensive programme of support for insolvency practitioners.
Find out how you can enhance the services you already offer your clients with a Designated Professional Body (Investment Business) licence. This section explains what regulated investment business is, who is regulated, and how your firm can apply for a DPB (Investment Business) licence.
Firms working in the regulated area of audit are required to comply with the audit regulations and guidance.
Obtain client screening reports checking against global risk and compliance data, including government sanctions, Politically Exposed Persons, a wide range of watch lists and negative news profiles.
Technical helpsheet providing illustrative wordings in a limited number of cases for consideration by members in practice seeking to manage their risk of potential liability because of an act or omission resulting in financial loss.
Best practice in drawing up an engagement letter.
Guidance for sole practitioners on finding solutions to the problems that might arise in the event of their incapacity or death.
Managing risk: Record keeping and documentation
Guidance for members in practice on which documents the member owns; how long documents should be kept; if the client owns the documents, whether the member always has to hand them over; and the member's obligations to allow others access to documents.
This helpsheet highlights key considerations relating to document retention for accountants.
Marketing your practice
Generate new business and advertise your business or practice at discounted rates.
By registering as a business adviser on the platform, ICAEW members are able to connect with entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of their support, guidance and expertise.
Advice on agreeing fees and setting charge-out rates.
Effective time recording and the continuing need for the timesheet.
The DPB (Consumer Credit) Handbook sets out the regulations for firms to provide consumer credit services.
Exit routes and succession planning
An overview of succession planning and why it is essentital for any practice to have a well thought out succession plan to cover multiple scenarios.
A guide exploring the do's and don't in succession planning.
Successful practice succession can be a real challenge. You may need to fund the retirement of older partners while keeping the practice an attractive proposition for new ones.
Support for member firms
Guide to determine if your entity is a member firm and whether ICAEW is your firm’s money laundering supervisor.
It is important to maintain an accurate ICAEW firm record. Use this guide to find out what to consider when changing the structure of your firm.
Get the most up-to-date information on the online annual return, links and FAQs.
Our Practice Assurance (PA) scheme provides ICAEW member firms and practising certificate holders with a framework of principles-based quality assurance standards to operate to. It outlines procedures to follow with your clients, and how to maintain the highest quality of work and ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations, eg, those relating to anti-money laundering and protection of client data.
We expect ICAEW Chartered Accountants to maintain the highest standards of practice and professional conduct.
Supporting your staff
Find out more about staff training with our selection of articles, books and best practice guides.
Our selection of articles, books and online resources can show you how to attract, retain and motivate talent.
Learn how to motivate your employees from our collection of books, articles and online resources.
Our selection of articles, guides and online resources can help you identify best practices to apply to your business.
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Writing for the Financial Services Faculty, Journalist Laura Miller looks at whether Open Banking could prosper during the pandemic.
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