This seems a strange move for the ICAEW and its members. Should a chartered accountant be able to represent you in Court as an advocate?
ICAEW made it clear that the application to become an approved regulator for the most contentious of the reserved activities – the rights of audience, conduct of litigation and reserved instrument activities – would be limited to the area of taxation. As it said at the time, “The number of applications for authorisation and licensing for probate received during our first year as regulator has far exceeded our expectations. “Any further authorisation for legal services by ICAEW will be restricted to the service line of taxation. This is an obvious natural link for our members in traditional accountancy practices.”