About the London Society

Nearly 2,000 members who live and/or work within the Greater London area are served by the London Society of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Since its inauguration in March 2009, this society has presented a regular and varied programme of CPD and networking events. Council member Gerard Nicholas is chairman of the society.


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Mar 25, 2019

A new survey from Chartered Accountants Ireland London Society published today shows that almost half of business leaders have little or no plans in place for a no deal Brexit. Despite 68% of Chartered Accountants Ireland members in Great Britain saying that Brexit will have a negative impact, only 24% of those respondents said their businesses are fully ready to meet the challenges that Brexit might bring.  Reflecting the current uncertainty, almost half (41%) of businesses surveyed have made little or no plans to prepare for Brexit.  Among the key findings from a new Brexit Sentiment Survey of Chartered Accountants Ireland members working in Britain were: - 76% said that the UK and EU were unlikely to reach a deal by 29 March 2019 41% had little or no plans for a no deal Brexit, 35% had some plans; 24% are fully prepared. 68% said that Brexit would have a negative impact on their business, 6% said Brexit would have a positive effect 83% said the voice of business was not being heard in the Brexit negotiations Supply chain disruption was the biggest concern, followed by customs duties and then customs administration The survey was also carried out among members of Chartered Accountants Ireland on the island of Ireland with very similar trends reported.   Speaking about the study, Gerard Nicholas, Chairman, Chartered Accountants Ireland London Society, said: “These findings reaffirm that some level of certainty is urgently needed among the business community.  Without assurances of the future trading landscape, businesses are finding it difficult to put concrete plans in place to prepare for Brexit and many have adopted a wait and see approach.” According to the survey, Chartered Accountants rated supply chain disruption as their biggest concern followed by customs administration and thirdly customs duties. “The businesses we have engaged with and spoken to over the last two years have largely been more concerned about supply chain disruption and customs paperwork than the costs of any potential customs duties.  Many dealing with consumer foodstuffs with a short shelf life, for example, are unclear about how customs checks will take place and say that any delays in clearing customs could be detrimental to their businesses.” said Mr Keegan. The survey also showed that over three-quarters of Chartered Accountants Ireland members in Great Britain do not believe a Brexit agreement will be reached by 29 March. “It is hard to believe that with less than three weeks to go until 29 March, the UK and EU are still without an agreement. Chartered Accountants Ireland has been urging businesses to examine their supply chains, look at their cash flow and update their knowledge on customs in order to be ready to cope with the prospect of a no deal Brexit.”

Mar 19, 2019
Press release

Chartered Accountants Ireland has recognised one of its most distinguished members, Sir Desmond Lorimer, for his significant contribution to the profession and to public life in Northern Ireland. Sir Desmond Lorimer was invited to address the Institute’s Council members on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of his Presidency of the Institute.  Sir Desmond is acknowledged as one of the most influential Chartered Accountants of his time, and a leading light in the business world. As well as a successful career in practice, then in manufacturing, Sir Desmond played a key role in public life in Northern Ireland. He became the first ever Chairman of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, then the first ever Chairman of the Industrial Development Board, before then taking on the task of privatising the electricity industry in Northern Ireland. Addressing the Institute Council Meeting in Belfast, Sir Desmond reflected upon the significant changes in the Institute and profession since his formative years as a Chartered Accountant. Sir Desmond said that when he first became involved, there were only two District Societies (Dublin and Belfast) and the head office in Fitzwilliam Square had only six staff. It’s only functions were to run exams and exercise disciplinary functions. In the mid-1950s the Institute had around 1000 members, 300 in practice and 700 around the world in industry and commerce. Sir Desmond became one of a small number of young members who began to develop stronger organisation of the Institute’s education and training, encouraging the creation of classes for students and the employment of lecturers. Under Sir Desmond’s leadership, the Institute became more outward looking with a renewed focus on openness, transparency and engagement both with members and with other business and governmental organisations. Sir Desmond was pleased to observe the recent evolution of the Institute, with great growth in member and student numbers. He was particularly pleased to note the strong growth of female members and that the profession was much more diverse than his day. Sir Desmond commented that changes in the profession would continue, particularly with regard to evolution in technology and changes in corporate governance and regulation. He concluded his address by wishing the Institute every success and encouraging Council to continue to push for progress in the profession. Feargal McCormack, President of Chartered Accountants Ireland said: “Sir Desmond is one of the pillars of the community whose contribution to the Northern Ireland economy has been immense.  As a young Chartered Accountant, he was certainly one of people who I very much looked up to. He is a great ambassador for our Institute and a fantastic example of the lasting impact that our members can make in their career”. Following Sir Desmond’s address, Feargal McCormack and Institute Chief Executive Barry Dempsey marked Sir Desmond’s substantial contribution to the profession and public life with the presentation of Galway Crystal in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall/ ICC. ENDS Note to editors:  Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s biggest and fastest growing professional accountancy body, with 26,500 members across the globe. It is the voice of the accountancy profession on the island of Ireland. Reference: Garry Webb, Chartered Accountants Ireland, 07841 152045                 www.charteredaccountants.ie

Mar 14, 2019