Ethics helpline and support

Ethics checklist

Use our ethics checklist to guide you through an ethical dilemma. 

CIMA ethics helpline: free to members and students

Tel: 0800 358 7663 
Tel: +44 (0)20 3814 2303  Please note this is a new number since April 2015

A free, confidential helpline for members and students facing an ethical dilemma in relation CIMA's code of ethics. Please email at any time. Alternatively, telephone advice is available 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday (GMT/BST).

Please note that this service helps to guide you through the code and consider your course of action. It is not a substitute for technical or legal advice.* 

Legal advice - UK law only

Tel: 0800 092 1980 / +44 (0)1275 376031,  Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm GMT/BST.

The legal advice line offers low cost professional legal advice for all personal, commercial and employment issues. Call length is not restricted. Service extends to your partner and any dependent children under 21 years. Please quote your CIMA ID when calling.

AML suspicious activity reports

CIMA will not advise you whether you should submit a SAR or whether circumstances you describe should lead to an SAR being made. If you have actual knowledge or suspicions of money laundering/terrorist financing, or reasonable grounds for knowing or suspecting a client of being involved with money laundering/ terrorist financing, then you are obliged to report this immediately to the National Crime Agency in the UK OR the relevant Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in your jurisdiction.

Please do not provide details of suspicious activity to CIMA as this may create reporting obligations for us.Refer to this guide in respect of SAR reporting.

UK whistleblowing law guidance

The UK's whistleblowing law is the Public Interest Disclosure Act. Should a member or student have whistleblowing concerns they can contact Law Express free (details above), quoting 'CIMA whistleblow' for specific advice about actions they should take and the law's protection.

Anti-bribery Guidance 

Anti-bribery guidance is available for CIMA students and members to better understand the implications of anti-corruption legislation. Students and members will be able to find further guidance on the UK Bribery Act with relevant links. 

Further help

Further ethics support is available online and includes the code of ethics, ethical dilemmas, ethical checklists and helplines. CIMA also has an online library of resources, including articles, blogs and webcasts.

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CIMA does not give guidance on employment disputes or represent members at employment disciplinary hearings or tribunals.

Useful links

Financial Conduct Authority 
Prudential Regulation Authority 
HM Revenue and Customs 
National Crime Agency
Financial Reporting Council

For relevant agencies in your market, please contact your regional CIMA office.

* CIMA does not supply legal, investment, professional, or career advice. Information and comments, if any, made by our staff are given in good faith and for the purpose of general guidance only.

CIMA will take all reasonable care in dealing with individual queries but can only respond on the basis of the information provided to it. No responsibility or liability whatsoever is accepted for any error, omission or misstatement (whether or not arising out of negligence) or for any loss or damage sustained as a result of reliance on information supplied or comments made.