Expert advice - CA practitioner service

Expert Advice is available from both ICAS staff and external consultants. 

The CAPS team includes three chartered accountants, including a former partner in general practice.  As your main contacts, they can provide valuable advice on many practice issues. They are:

Ken McManus
Susan Taylor
Jeremy Clarke

Contact Linda Laurie on 0131 347 0249 or email and we shall ensure you get the most appropriate help.

Tax advice

Sound tax back-up is essential to any practice. We will give you access to independent tax experts, Seonaid Anderson in Linlithgow or Colin Lamb in Edinburgh, who can offer advice ranging from a quick telephone call to a full consultation.

Independent tax advice

The advice is comprehensive; covering all taxes and is wholly independent, posing no threat to your existing client relationship. It is a major help in giving a full service and will enhance client retention.

We undertake to identify the best source of advice for you if, for any reason, either consultant cannot help. Billing will be direct from the adviser to you.

We have to emphasise that CA Practitioner Service only provides the initial contact and the Institute can therefore accept no liability for any advice given.

Price: £120.00 per hour + VAT

(This may vary if, for example, we have to seek help outwith our regular advisers)


Colin Lamb

Tel: 0131 441 6141


Seonaid Anderson

Tel: 01506 842874


Accounting and auditing advice

Access to technical advice on Accounting and Auditing issues is often vital. The Institute's technical department with its extensive back-up can provide this guidance for you. Although the Department cannot provide subjective interpretations of standards or legislation, or make judgemental opinions, it is able to provide you with the information to help you reach a decision.

If you are looking for an opinion, then we will help you find the appropriate member firm to help you.

Price: Free, unless specialist help has to be sought.


Accounting & Auditing Helpline, ICAS


Corporate finance advice

From time to time firms need Corporate Finance Advice in relation to clients. Advice is available from the CA Practitioner Service team on topics such as:

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Acquisition Search and Negotiations
  • Fund Raising
  • Business Reconstruction and Doctoring
  • Management Buyouts
  • Relationships with Bankers
  • Sales, purchases & transfers
  • Valuation of Shareholdings
  • Business Sales
  • Viability Studies
  • Forensic Work

Contact CA Practitioner Service for more details.


  • CA Practitioner Service (CAPS)

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