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Help with ethical problems

An overview of where you can find help with any ethical problems.

Your company

As a starting point, you should normally discuss the ethical problem within your employing organisation. You may find it useful to discuss the ethical problem with:

  • Your immediate superior
  • The next level of management
  • A corporate governance body eg, audit committee
  • Other departments in your organisation such as legal, audit and human resources.


Refer to guidance:

You should refer to ICAEW's guidance in the Code of Ethics, other guidance in the regulations, standards and guidance and FAQs.

Helplines for members:

You may also seek advice from ICAEW's helplines, free of charge:

Ethics Advisory Service

This is a confidential free helpline, exempt from the duty to report professional misconduct within ICAEW.

Tel: +44 (0)1908 248 250 or webchat

Money laundering helpline

This provides advice on general and specific issues concerning money laundering regulations and guidance, which can be discussed anonymously.

email: mlenquiries@icaew.com

Tel: +44 (0)1908 248 250

Support Members Scheme

This is run by volunteer members of ICAEW from a wide range of backgrounds. It is a confidential, free service exempt from the duty to report misconduct within ICAEW. It provides advice and help to members in difficulties on a wide range of issues.

Tel: 0800 917 3526

Further information on the above helplines can be found here.

Legal advice

You may want to consider taking legal advice to resolve issues arising from the application of laws and regulations to particular situations relating to confidentiality, disclosure, privilege, self-incrimination and other areas.