Individual Accountability & SEAR

Promoting a culture of good governance and greater individual accountability across the regulated financial services sector are core objectives of the Central Bank's proposed individual accountability framework (IAF) including the senior executive accountability regime (SEAR). 

William Fry's experienced multi-disciplinary IAF/SEAR team is helping clients to prepare for and implement IAF and SEAR. Our team includes specialists in financial regulation, litigation and regulatory enforcement, employment, banking and finance, asset management and investment funds, (re)insurance and fintech.

How we can help

We have vast experience in guiding regulated firms and senior executives in regulated firms through the most challenging regulatory implementation projects. We work with all stakeholders, including the Central Bank, through all stages of our clients' regulatory lifecycle. We also have extensive experience of representing regulated firms and individuals in Central Bank investigations, inquiries and regulatory enforcement action, including the administrative sanctions procedure (ASP).

We can help with:

  • Training on the four pillars of the IAF including conduct standards for individuals and regulated firms, fitness and probity reforms, SEAR and individual enforcement reforms. 
  • Preparing statements of responsibility and responsibility maps by firms which fall within the scope of SEAR.
  • Preparing for the fitness and probity certification process.
  • Reviewing employment agreements and HR policies and procedures to take account of IAF and SEAR.
  • Advising senior executives and individuals in regulated firms on conduct standards for individuals, the duty of responsibility and SEAR.

part 1-conduct-standardsKey features of the Central Bank (Individual Accountability Framework) Bill 2022 published on 28 July 2022, as against the heads of bill published on 27 July 2021. Read our full briefing here.





part 1-conduct-standards

Preparing for the first pillar of the individual accountability framework - conduct standards. Read our full briefing here.






part 2-fitness-and-probity-imgPreparing for the second pillar of the individual accountability framework - fitness and probity reforms. Read our full briefing here






part 3-SEAR-img

Preparing for the third pillar of the individual accountability framework - senior executive accountability regime (SEAR). Read our full briefing here





part 4-enforcement-reforms-imgPreparing for the fourth pillar of the individual accountability framework - enforcement reforms. Read our full briefing here.






individual-accountability-moves-closer-imgOverview of the individual accountability framework as set out in the heads of bill. Read our full briefing here.






central-bank-of-ireland-briefing-imgThe Central Bank of Ireland proposes greater accountability of senior individuals in regulated financial service providers. Read our full briefing here.






There are no news related to this area

View all

Key Contacts

Shane Kelleher Partner

Lisa Carty Partner

Louise Harrison Partner