Regulatory penalties

Henderson Loggie

In terms of Regulation 7.14 (b) of the Audit Regulations (2008), notice is hereby given that ICAS' Audit Registration Committee has applied a regulatory penalty of £1,000 to the audit-registered firm of Henderson Loggie (Firm Number F0245, Dundee), in respect that the Firm acknowledged that a principal of the firm signed the audit reports of 12 audit clients between 10 November 2014 and 23 June 2015 when the firm had inadvertently omitted to apply for the principal to become a Responsible Individual in breach of Regulation 4.04 of the Audit Regulations and Guidance 2008 which states that 'Only responsible individuals can be responsible for an audit and sign an audit report'

 

Date: 14 September 2015

Publication Date: 21 September 2015

Cahill Jack Associates Ltd

In terms of Regulation 7.14 (b) of the Audit Regulations (2008), notice is hereby given that ICAS' Audit Registration Committee has applied a regulatory penalty of £500 to the audit-registered firm of Cahill Jack Associates Ltd (Firm Number 3218), in respect that as Registered Auditor, the firm has acknowledged that it failed to comply with Regulation 6.06 which states that: 'In carrying out its responsibilities under regulation 6.02, the Registration Committee, any sub-committee, the registering Institute's staff, or a monitoring unit, may, to the extent necessary for the review of a firm's audit work or how it is complying or intends to comply with these regulations, require a Registered Auditor or applicant for registration to provide any information, held in whatever form (including electronic), about the firm or its clients and to allow access to the firm's systems and personnel' in that it omitted a non-statutory audit client from the audit client list provided to ICAS Audit Monitoring during an audit monitoring visit.   

The Firm has acknowledged that, in relation to that aforementioned audit client, it also failed to comply with the following Audit Regulations:   

  • Regulation 3.03, which states that: 'A Registered Auditor must consider its independence and ability to perform the audit properly and record this before it accepts appointment or reappointment as auditor':    
  • Regulation 3.10, which states that: 'A Registered Auditor must comply with the auditing standards and the quality control standards'; and  
  • Regulation 3.19, which states that:' A Registered Auditor must make sure all principals and employees involved in audit work are aware of and comply with these regulations, the Act, any relevant rules and regulations issued under the Act and any procedures established by the firm'.

Anova

In terms of Regulation 7.14 (b) of the Audit Regulations (2008), notice is hereby given that ICAS' Audit Registration Committee has applied a regulatory penalty of £750 to the audit-registered firm of Anova (Wick), in respect that the Firm has admitted that Mr Simon Hoy, a principal of the firm, signed the audit report of an audit client when he had not applied to be a Responsible Individual in breach of Regulation 4.04 of the Audit Regulations and Guidance 2008 which states that 'Only responsible individuals can be responsible for an audit and sign an audit report'.

Regulatory Penalty Applied to Seven Members for Non-compliance with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Regulations 2012

In terms of Regulation 5.1 of the CPD Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that the Continuing Professional Development Regulatory Committee has applied regulatory penalties to seven ICAS Members in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Regulations. The regulatory penalties have been applied in response to the Members failing to: 

  • Submit on time a self-certification of their CPD compliance in their Annual Return; which failure represents a breach of Regulation 2.4 of the CPD Regulations 2012; and 
  • Produce their 2012 CPD Record to the CPD Regulatory Committee on request; which failure represents a breach of Regulation 2.2 of the CPD Regulations 2012.

In this instance, the Committee has decided that the application of the regulatory penalties shall be publicised on an anonymous basis.

Leopold Accountancy Group Limited

In terms of Regulation 7.14 (b) of the Audit Regulations (2008), notice is hereby given that ICAS' Audit Registration Committee has applied a regulatory penalty of £1,500 to the audit-registered firm of Leopold Accountancy Group Limited (Firm Number F2447, Edinburgh), in respect that the Firm acknowledged that it failed to comply with Audit Regulations 2.03, 2.10A and 3.11 of the Audit Regulations and Guidance 2008, in so far as

  • the firm was reorganised in 2012 by a change of shareholdings without notifying ICAS in 2013 and 2014 Annual Returns as required by Audit Regulation 2.10A;
  • the parent company of the audit registered firm was not audit registered as required by Audit Regulation 2.03b, and 50% of the shareholdings in the firm were held by a person who was not audit qualified.  Seven audit reports were signed as an ineligible audit firm; and
  • there was no retention of audit working papers for one audit engagement.

Date: 18 April 2016

GD Auditing Limited

In terms of Regulation 7.14 (b) of the Audit Regulations (2008), notice is hereby given that ICAS' Audit Registration Committee has applied a regulatory penalty of £1,000 to the audit-registered firm of GD Auditing Limited (Firm Number F2751, Livingston), in respect that the Firm acknowledged that it failed to comply with Audit Regulations 2.03b and 2.10A of the Audit Regulations and Guidance 2008, in so far as:

  • firm was reorganised by a change of shareholdings and firm name without notifying ICAS in successive Annual Returns as required by Audit Regulation 2.10A; and
  • parent company of the audit registered firm was not audit registered as required by Audit Regulation 2.03b, and seven audit reports were signed as an ineligible audit firm.

Date: 13 May 2016

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