ACCA UK signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Academy of Experts

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) signed a MoU with The Academy of Experts (TAE) on 3 September 2019.

ACCA and TAE’s partnership recognises the value for both bodies for the advancement of their respective members as well as the public interest for the benefit of the judicial process and the accountancy and tax professions. It will provide more skilled expert witnesses which will help mitigate the ever-increasing cost and complexity in litigation. This along with the provision of highly skilled mediators and dispute resolvers will facilitate resolving disputes through mediation and other out of court methods.

The partnership highlights a new stream of potential work for small and medium-sized practitioners (SMPs), that utilises their strong skill set.

Claire Bennison, head of ACCA UK, says:  “We’re delighted to have signed this MOU to further expand ACCA’s small and medium-sized practitioners program of support. Through this new partnership, ACCA aims to support our members utilising their valuable skills and highlighting new avenues of work our members may wish to consider.”

Nicola Cohen, chief executive of The Academy of Experts adds: The Academy welcomes the opportunity to work with the ACCA to enhance and promote members’ skills and develop opportunities in an increasingly challenging environment. The partnership will offer a real opportunity for members to assist in the judicial process and to promote cost efficient dispute resolution.

From 2020, all disputes below £100,000 will have to go through an Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR) process. Two most common types of ADR are mediation and arbitration. Mediation is where an independent third party helps two parties who are in a dispute reach a mutually acceptable outcome. The mediator will add formal structure to reach a voluntary agreement. The mediator cannot impose a solution. Arbitration is where an independent third party considers the facts and takes a decision that’s legally binding on the parties.

The MOU will look to ensure collaborative opportunities to improve skills, knowledge and training across the UK and Asia.

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"We’re delighted to have signed this MOU to further expand ACCA’s small and medium-sized practitioners program of support. Through this new partnership, ACCA aims to support our members utilising their valuable skills and highlighting new avenues of work our members may wish to consider"

Claire Bennison - head of ACCA UK