Institutes – Fresh clash hits ACCA probe

ACCA has been accused of ignoring the demands of council members who called for an independent enquiry into the handling of the Robert Jackson disciplinary case by naming a lawyer with several years’ association to the institute to carry out the probe, writes Lucinda Kemeny.

Michael Steiner, a solicitor and partner at Denton Hall, will examine concerns raised by several members about the disciplinary action that led to the ousting of president-elect Ray Gardiner when he was unable to substantiate some statements he made in the Jackson case under cross-examination.

Tony Cruse led calls for the legal review and resigned from council on condition that an independent person was nominated for the task.

But Steiner has over two years’ experience of chairing the appeals committee.

Cruse said: ‘He is not the person that I would have hoped for. I wanted someone with no connection or history with ACCA at all.’

Steiner will examine the conduct of the executive during the investigation, the involvement and conduct of council members and the engagement of expert professionals.

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