Professional Standards

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The Professional Standards Department of Chartered Accountants Ireland, along with relevant compliance and disciplinary committees, is responsible for the delivery of the Institute's regulatory and disciplinary obligations which derive both from statute and its own Bye-Laws and Regulations.
The Professional Standards Board develops Institute Policy with regard to regulatory matters and oversees the Professional Standards Department in its delivery of the Institute’s regulatory and disciplinary functions.

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Professional Standards

Changes to SIP 16 and SIP 13 – Effective Date 30 April 2021 The Administration (Restrictions on Disposal etc. to Connected Persons) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) come into effect on 30 April 2021. The Regulations impose additional obligations on connected person purchasers in administrations. Equivalent legislation is not yet in force in Northern Ireland. SIP Changes These legislative changes mean that it has been necessary to make changes to Statement of Insolvency Practice 16 (pre packaged sales in administrations) and Statement of Insolvency Practice 13 (disposal of assets to connected parties in an insolvency process) to align the content of the SIPs with the law. No changes have been made to the SIPs other than those required by the change in the law. The revised SIPs are SIP 16 - pre packaged sales in administrations (England and Wales) SIP 16 - pre packaged sales in administrations (Scotland) SIP 13 - disposal of assets to connected parties in an insolvency process (England and Wales) SIP 13 - disposal of assets to connected parties in an insolvency process (Scotland) The Joint Insolvency Committee has amended SIP 16 to remove references to the Pre Pack Pool and to replace these with reference to the statutory obligation placed on a connected person purchaser to obtain the opinion of an evaluator. The Regulations apply to transactions that take place within 8 weeks of the appointment of an administrator. This extends the scope of the Regulations beyond pre pack administrations to all administrations within that time frame. That means equivalent changes had to be made to SIP 13 as it applies to any connected party transaction in an insolvency process. Effective Date The new SIPs will be effective from 30 April 2021. IPs should take care to familiarise themselves with the Regulations and the new SIPs prior to that date. No changes in Northern Ireland at this time Northern Ireland has yet to enact equivalent legislation, though it is expected to adopt similar requirements by 29 June 2021. Until that time, the changes to SIP 16 and SIP 13 will only apply in England and Wales and Scotland. Statement of Insolvency Practice 4 - disqualification of directors When new legislative provisions for the reporting obligations of insolvency office holders on the conduct of those who formerly controlled a company came into effect from 6 April 2016 it was intended that Statement of Insolvency Practice 4 (SIP 4) - disqualification of directors would be withdrawn. However, there were still some ongoing cases where an office holder was able to submit a paper conduct return rather than use the online reporting tool. The Insolvency Service has informed the Joint Insolvency Committee that all such cases should now be complete. SIP 4 will therefore be withdrawn effective 30 April 2021

Apr 14, 2021
Professional Standards

Professional Standards Department has just published Issue 28 of the Regulatory Bulletin. Click on the link provided to access this publication.

Mar 25, 2021
Professional Standards

Regulatory Fee invoices for 2021 are available online at the Myaccount portal of the website. If you are having any problems or difficulty accessing these or making payment, please contact Sam Smiley, Professional Standards Dept.

Mar 25, 2021