Companies Act 2014
F555[Investigation by disciplinary committees of prescribed accountancy bodies
931A. (1) In this section—
"client" has the same meaning as it has in section 934;
F556["relevant person", in relation to an investigation of a member or former member of a prescribed accountancy body, means—
(a) that member or any other member or former member of the prescribed accountancy body,
(b) a client or former client of the member,
(c) if the client or former client is a body corporate, a person who is or was an officer, employee or agent of the client or former client,
(d) the prescribed accountancy body or a person who is or was an officer, employee or agent of that body,
(e) if the member is an individual, a person who is or was an employee or agent of the member,
(f) if the member is a firm, a person who is or was an officer, member, partner, employee or agent of the firm, or
(g) any person whom the prescribed accountancy body reasonably believes has information or documents relating to the investigation other than information or documents the disclosure of which is prohibited or restricted by law.]
(2) For the purposes of an investigation of a possible breach of a prescribed accountancy body’s standards by a member, a disciplinary committee may require a relevant person to do one or more of the following:
(a) produce to the committee all books or documents relating to the investigation that are in the relevant person’s possession or control;
(b) attend before the committee;
(c) give the committee any other assistance in connection with the investigation that the relevant person is reasonably able to give.
(3) For the purposes of an investigation referred to in subsection (2), the disciplinary committee may—
(a) examine on oath, either by word of mouth or on written interrogatories, a relevant person,
(b) administer oaths, for the purpose of that examination, and
(c) record, in writing, answers of a person so examined and require that person to sign them.
(4) The disciplinary committee may certify the refusal or failure to the court if a relevant person refuses or fails to do one or more of the following:
(a) produce to the committee any book or document that it is the person’s duty under this section to produce;
(b) attend before the committee when required to do so under this section;
(c) answer a question put to the person by the committee with respect to the matter under investigation.
(5) On receiving a certificate of refusal or failure concerning a relevant person, the court may enquire into the case and, after hearing any evidence that may be adduced, may do one or more of the following:
(a) direct that the relevant person attend or re-attend before the disciplinary committee or produce particular books or documents or answer particular questions put to him or her by the committee;
(b) direct that the relevant person need not produce a particular book or document or answer a particular question put to him or her by that committee;
(c) make any other ancillary or consequential order or give any other direction that the court thinks fit.
(6) The production of any books or documents under this section by a person who claims a lien on them does not prejudice the lien.
(7) Any information produced or answer given by a member of a prescribed accountancy body in compliance with a requirement under this section may be used in evidence against the member in any proceedings whatsoever, save proceedings for an offence (other than perjury in respect of such an answer).]
Inserted (9.06.2017) by Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 (9/2017), s. 96, S.I. No. 246 of 2017, art. 3, subject to transitional provision in art. 4.
Substituted (21.09.2018) by Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018 (22/2018), s. 29, S.I. No. 366 of 2018.
Modifications (not altering text):
Reference construed (28.07.2021) by Criminal Justice (Perjury and Related Offences) Act 2021 (13/2021), s. 4(2) and sch. 2 item 54, S.I. No. 378 of 2021.
References to perjury or subornation of perjury
(2) A reference in an enactment specified in Schedule 2 to perjury or to subornation of perjury, howsoever described, in relation to an act committed on or after the coming into operation of this subsection, shall be construed as a reference to perjury or to subornation of perjury, as the case may be, within the meaning of this Act.
Section 4 (2)
54. Companies Act 2014, section 671(7), subsections (1) and (3) of section 881 and sections 931A(7), 938(7) and 1500(3)
The section heading is taken from the amending section in the absence of one included in the amendment.