We provide our members who are qualified accountants in practice with accountants' disciplinary hearing advice and representation concerning complaints, regulatory and disciplinary cases, through a team of professional advisers. We also advise on technical matters, ethics, difficult clients and negligence claims and provide guidance for accountants.

What is Accountants' Defence?

A team of specialists who assist members in the UK facing a complaint, disciplinary proceedings, a regulatory problem, a difficult practice issue or a negligence claim and by providing advice generally. In other words, we exist to help you solve your practice problems. Our specialists include two chartered accountants and SWAT, a barrister and three solicitors, all having experience of dealing with complaints, accountants' disciplinary hearing advice and practice problems. For more information about our advisers

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Why use Accountants' Defence?

Practitioners have never been under greater pressure with practice inspection and the internet advising the public how to complain adding yet more worries. The average ICAEW Investigation Committee fine and costs is now £5109 excluding insolvency cases which incur low costs and no fine, compared to £6494 for the Disciplinary Committee. The ACCA no longer has an Investigations Committee. Average disciplinary fines/costs now similar to ICAEW.


Accountants' Defence was incorporated in January 2004 by Chris Cope, solicitor (1976). Chris Cope dealt with complaints/discipline at the ICAEW from 1976-1983. Since 1984, he has specialised in accountants' disciplinary hearing advice, representing hundreds of accountants before accountancy tribunals.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

As we are not a firm of solicitors we are not regulated by the SRA.

Accountants' National Complaint Services Limited (ANCS Ltd)

You may decide that Accountants' Defence is not for you and then, one day, you have a problem. What do you do? Or, you are visiting this website because you do have a problem and are not a member of Accountants' Defence. Accountants' Defence won't give you retrospective cover. What then? You could instruct ANCS Ltd. What services do they provide? All of the following:-

*Advice on practice problems.
*How to handle difficult clients.
*Professional standards.
*Rules and regulations of your professional body.
*Audit registration.
*ICAEW and ACCA consent orders.
*Disciplinary proceedings.
*Appeal proceedings.
*Readmission to membership.

In other words, we provide the same service as Accountants' Defence and can engage the same specialist advisers.

The cost? - £200 per hour plus VAT.

The directors? - Chris Cope (solicitor holding a practising certificate) and David Young FCA. Both spent many years working in the Professional Conduct Department of the ICAEW. Chris Cope was in practice as a solicitor from 1988 to 2013 when he specialised in accountancy problems (26 years).

ANCS Ltd contact details - Telephone - 01769 581581  Fax - 01769 581582
Email address -chris.cope@accountant-services.co.uk; d.g.young11@btinternet.com
Website -www.accountant-services.co.uk