Institute sues ex-member to stop CA use

Institute sues ex-member to stop CA use

The Institute of Chartered Accountants is suing former member Gardner Brown in a bid to stop him calling himself a chartered accountant.

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Brown ceased to be a member of the ICAEW in 1996 after failing to pay fines imposed for professional misconduct, but has continued to refer to himself as a chartered accountant when auditing accounts for a firm of solicitors, according to a High Court writ.

He has also advertised himself as a chartered accountant in the phone book, and he sent a private investigator a letterhead entitled ‘Gardner Brown Chartered Accountants’ in January, it is alleged.

Now the ICAEW is seeking injunctions banning Brown from calling himself a chartered accountant, from using the initials CA after his name, and requiring him to tell all clients in writing that he is not a chartered accountant.

The ICAEW seeks an order banning him from signing off audit reports or calling himself an auditor, and compelling him to return his membership certificate.

Brown, of The Courtyard, 38 Alexandra Road, Windsor, became a member of the ICAEW in 1978 but was fined £1,000 with £1,000 costs after being found guilty of professional misconduct in November 1995, the writ says. He failed to pay the fines and costs, and is now no longer a member.

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