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Time to give a f***
28 March 2018
That is what ICAEW member Paul Singleton found out to his cost recently. He was fined £1,500 plus costs of £8,000 after the red mist descended when he met some clients who hadn’t paid him.
He was actually in a pub having a birthday drink in Sheffield when the chance encounter happened and he used the f-word on three occasions!
A complaint was made to the ICAEW about his behaviour and he was brought before the disciplinary committee. Singleton accepted that, having seen ‘Mr B’, he went to speak to him and admitted swearing at him. He also accepted he swore at ‘Mrs A’. He was found to have broken the code of ethics and to have breached the fundamental principle of professional behaviour.
Added together the fines and costs meant he paid more than £3,000 for every f***!
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