An institute formed in 1880 from the following five bodies: the Incorporated Society of Liverpool Accountants (1870); the Institute of Accountants in London (1870); the Manchester Institute of Accountants (1871); the Society of Accountants in England (1872); the Sheffield Institute of Accountants (1877). The ICAEW was established by Royal Charter in 1880 and merged with the Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors (1885) in 1957. The members of the ICAEW are prominent in public practice and tend to concentrate in areas of financial accounting. See also accountancy bodies; chartered accountant.
http://www.icaew.co.uk/ Website of the ICAEW: provides technical and business information as well as advice on training and careers