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Independent Arbitration Panel

FCSA’s standards are the most stringent and comprehensive in the industry, as detailed in our Codes of Compliance, and the upholding of those standards is now strengthened by the appointment of the Independent Arbitration Panel (IAP)

FCSA’s Directors have appointed industry figures with no formal connection to FCSA to form the IAP, which is the ultimate arbiter of any appealed disputes arising from membership applications or complaints about members. Their role as FCSA’s “court of appeal” is further described in our Complaints Procedure.

IAP members are drawn from four representative groups of stakeholders: workers, employment businesses and taxation and employment law specialists.

Neil Carberry

Neil Carberry was appointed as Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in June 2018 having been managing director at the Confederation of British Industry, leading the CBI’s work on the labour market, skills, energy and infrastructure.  

In 1999, Neil began his career in recruitment working for executive search firm Fraser Watson before doing a post-graduate degree in Human Resources at the London School of Economics and joining the CBI in 2004. 

Neil is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA as well as a member of the council of the conciliation service ACAS and a former member of the Low Pay Commission, which recommends UK minimum wages. 

A three-time nominee to the SIA staffing100 in Europe, Neil is also on the board of the World Employment Confederation and a primary academy trust in Oxfordshire. He is an RFU qualified rugby coach and is one of the 8000 co-owners who made Heart of Midlothian the UK’s biggest fan-owned football club.

Rebecca Seeley Harris

Rebecca Seeley Harris is one of the few people in the UK who specialises solely on employment status. Specialising in this area since the inception of the tax initiative IR35, some 20 years ago, Rebecca deals with all things to do with employment status such as IR35, off-payroll working, self-employment, s.44 ITEPA – agency tax legislation, PSCs, Office-holders, etc. 

Rebecca was awarded the Nigel Clothier Award for Special Contribution to University Tax 2021 and was shortlisted for the Special Contribution to Taxation in the Taxation Awards 2021.

Carl Reader

Carl Reader is chairman at multi-award winning firm d&t and Head of Accounting (EMEA) at Practice Ignition. Carl serves as Chair of the Practitioner Panel at ACCA. Carl is widely recognised as a thought leader in the accounting profession, speaking globally to accountancy audiences about a range of topics. 

Carl has been recognised as one of the leading voices on social media by ICAEW, is regularly featured in the accounting press, and was formerly a member of the Accountancy Age 35 under 35.

James Collings

James Collings has been freelancing since 1998, joining the fight against IR35 early on, and becoming an active member of IPSE from 2004.  He joined the Consultative Council in 2007, the IPSE Board in 2008, and served 3 years as Chairman stepping down in 2018.  

James worked on the Office of Tax Simplification Consultative Committee and HM Treasury’s PAYE/NICS working group, while also lobbying politicians from all parties to represent the UK’s freelancers. 

James has spoken internationally of the challenges facing the UK’s flexible workforce and helped steer the research of a think-tank into self-employment .  Throughout this time James has continued to work in performance management of IT systems for leading blue-chip companies. James’ career in the IT industry has spanned over 30 years, involving roles in IT support, marketing, and software sales.