In the ever-evolving world of corporate governance and financial reporting, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) plays a pivotal role in ensuring transparency, accountability, and the integrity of financial information. The FRC sets standards and requirements that businesses in the UK must adhere to, but there are instances where exceptions can be made.


The Role of the FRC


The Financial Reporting Council, established in 1990, is the UK’s independent regulator responsible for promoting high-quality corporate governance and financial reporting. Its primary aim is to build trust in the corporate sector by upholding standards that ensure financial information is accurate, reliable, and useful to investors and the public.


Exceptions to FRC Requirements


While the FRC sets stringent requirements for financial reporting, there are circumstances where exceptions can be made. These exceptions typically fall into the following categories:


  1. Materiality: One of the fundamental principles in accounting and financial reporting is the concept of materiality. When a transaction, error, or omission is not considered material, it may not require strict adherence to FRC requirements. In such cases, businesses may exercise flexibility in presenting the information.


  1. Small Companies: The FRC recognizes that the financial reporting needs of smaller companies may differ significantly from those of large, complex entities. Small companies, as defined by the Companies Act 2006, may be exempt from certain FRC requirements, making the process more manageable for them.


  1. Micro-Entities: Micro-entities are a subset of small companies with specific criteria, such as low turnover and minimal assets. They are subject to reduced disclosure requirements, further reducing the regulatory burden.


  1. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS): In some cases, companies can apply International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) instead of UK Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) when preparing their financial statements, subject to certain conditions. This allows for greater flexibility and alignment with international norms.


  1. Regulatory Changes and Adaptations: The FRC regularly reviews its standards to adapt to changing circumstances. During these reviews, it considers the impact on businesses and may provide transitional relief or exceptions to ease the transition into new regulations.


  1. Companies Act 2006 Exemptions: The Companies Act 2006 provides specific exemptions from certain FRC requirements for companies that meet the criteria. This includes exceptions related to the format of accounts, the audit requirement, and the need to file accounts with the Companies House.




While the Financial Reporting Council’s requirements are designed to maintain the highest standards of financial reporting and corporate governance in the UK, it is essential to recognize the need for exceptions. These exceptions ensure that businesses, especially smaller and less complex entities, can manage their financial reporting obligations effectively.


As a UK law firm, we understand the complexities of financial reporting and corporate governance. We work with our clients to ensure they meet their legal obligations while taking full advantage of any exceptions that apply to their unique circumstances. If you have questions or need guidance regarding FRC requirements and exceptions, do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 850 9911. We are here to help you navigate the intricate regulatory landscape and protect your interests.