This association ensures that all AAT members:
It is also responsible for investigating complaints and misconduct allegations against its members.
If you are notified of a complaint, it likely the ATT will gather information/ evidence relating to this. Depending on the circumstances, AAT may resolve these complaints informally or take disciplinary action.
The conduct of a member will be referred to the Disciplinary Tribunal only if two tests are passed:
Essentially, the investigating team must be satisfied that there is enough evidence to provide a “realistic prospect” that the member will be found guilty of misconduct, taking into account what the member’s case in response may be and how that is likely to affect Professional Standards’ case; and
A case will normally be referred to the Disciplinary Tribunal if a referral of a complaint of misconduct is likely to result in the Disciplinary Tribunal imposing a sanction greater than a reprimand and/or warning, unless it is not in the public interest to do so.
If an AAT member is found to have acted in an unprofessional manner, then ATT can impose a sanction against that person. Types of sanctions that can be brought are as follows:
If proceedings are brought against you, you should do as follows:
b) Professional notes;
c) Review meetings, regarding you practice; and
d) Training sessions you have attended, regarding any areas of concern raised.
In developing its policies the Association of Accountancy Technician (AAT) refers to the principles of good regulation:
Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors have a breadth of experience in representing professionals registered with regulatory bodies who are undergoing fitness to practice proceedings. Our solicitors have in depth knowledge of the AAT Articles of Association and guidance with which all members of AAT must comply. This includes:
If you are a Accountancy Technician who has any professional regulation queries, or has had their fitness to practice questioned, call Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors on 0333 772 04 09.