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John McCarthy FCA, AITI, Dip. IFRS , Dip. Insolvency, Certificate in UK and Irish GAAP

John is a regular speaker on practice management matters, succession planning, and compliance and audit/accounting technical matters. More recently during the latter part of 2014, FRS 102, which replaces all existing accounting rules for private Irish companies from 1 January 2015 has been his main topic.

John has extensive experience in the provision of technical and strategic support to practicing accountants throughout Ireland. He has spoken at seminars and conferences for Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (ICPAI), for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Members in Practice Committee in Ireland, CCH Wolters Kluwer in the UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).

He has contributed articles entitled ‘Bill What You’re Worth’ and ‘Managing a Practice in a Recession’ to ‘Accountancy Ireland’ (Chartered Accountants Ireland magazine) and on ‘Audit Planning’ to ‘Accountancy Plus’ (ICPAI magazine) and on ‘Succession Planning in Accounting Firms’ to the ACCA magazine ‘Accounting and Business’. John is also a member of the Audit and Assurance Committee of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

John has presented courses on IFRS to the Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors and has recorded webinars for CCH Wolters Kluwer UK. He is also a regular speaker for credit unions on their anti-money laundering responsibilities. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Helping accounting firms deal with regulatory compliance is a specialty in such areas as audit and investment business compliance and more recently insolvency compliance. John has clients all over Ireland, North and South and in the UK. In the latter part of 2013, the new suite of accounting standards known as the new Irish/UK GAAP (FRS 100, 101 and 102) as well as the updated FRSSE 2015 (for smaller entities), is attracting a lot of attention as these standards become applicable for accounting periods commencing on/after 1 January 2015 and John is already consulting and lecturing widely, helping firms and businesses implement the changes.

 John was formerly Director of Professional Standards at a ‘Top 5’ accounting firm. He was responsible for the regulatory, compliance and training areas of the organisation, looking after more than 400 accountants and partners.

 Prior to this he spent nine years with Chartered Accountants Ireland as their Senior Practice Consultant working with over 1,000 chartered accountancy practices on regulatory, technical and management issues. He also helped create and author their very popular newsletter for practitioners called ‘Practice Matters’.

 In the mid-1990s John ran his own practice as a sole practitioner in Dublin.