Ethical Issues for Accountants

by David Molyneaux
access120 days access
cpd hours4 CPD hours

This course will enable you to:

  • Explore 28 true-to-life case studies of ethical dilemmas
  • Delve into the complexities of ethics and stimulate debate
  • See the viewpoints of accountants at various stages in their career
  • Explore issues from professional practice, family business, audit, tax and professional relationships

How confident are you that you always understand the appropriate, professional course of action in difficult and ambiguous situations? Ethics, integrity and sound professional conduct are essential qualities for chartered accountants. Professional bodies have codes to guide their members but what impact does this have on the day-to-day decisions that you are faced with? This new peer-enriched learning course, Ethical Issues for Accountants, tackles the subject head on.

Based on research carried out by David Molyneaux, and sponsored by ICAS, this course takes a case study approach, with realistic scenarios exploring the issues from professional practice, family business, audit and tax, and general professional relationships.

Ethical Issues for Accountants is part of Nelson Croom's Issues and Debates suite of learning. Issues and Debates courses stimulate intelligent dialogue and debate and provide a valuable and evolving resource of professional knowledge and experience. These courses are topical, practical and highly relevant to today's changing market. Each module is split into two activities: Understanding the issues and Putting it into practice. The first encourages you to think about a topic, drawing on your own professional experience and knowledge. The second helps you to put ideas and/or theories into practice as part of your day-to-day work.

Professional firm/general practice

  • Billing for Ernest's cover up
  • The weekend expenses claim
  • A student's insights
  • Temptation at the tender
  • Partnership problems
  • The disaster waiting to happen

Family business

  • When cash is king
  • The directors' unofficial loan account
  • Unhealthy foods


  • Interim results
  • Foreign corrupt practices
  • Poor charity!
  • Obligations to disclose

Tax practice

  • Can "withholding tax" be recovered?
  • Should the social security be repaid?
  • The unwelcome phone call

Professional relationships

  • An alleged intimate relationship
  • A fellow partner's alcohol problem
  • Reasonable encouragement or devious deception?
  • A personal reference
  • How much should money matter?

David Molyneaux completed a PhD on ethical issues and their management and subsequently worked with the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and with the Judicial Studies Committee to raise awareness of the challenges of professional ethics.

ACCA logo

ACCA partner with to provide high quality CPD for members. As an ACCA member, you are required to complete at least 40 relevant units of CPD each year, where one unit is equal to one hour. 21 units must be verifiable; the other 19 can be non-verifiable.

Verifiable CPD
Your course counts as verifiable CPD, if you can answer "yes" to these questions:

  1. Was the learning activity relevant to your career?
  2. Can you explain how you will apply the learning in the workplace?

You select courses that meet these criteria, and as you complete each course you get a CPD certificate so you can provide ACCA with the evidence that you undertook the learning activity.