Essential guide to FRS 8 : Reporting related parties | AccountingWEB

Essential guide to FRS 8 : Reporting related parties

Steve Collings offers a clarification of the financial reporting requirements governing related party disclosures.

The standard governing related party issues, FRS 8 Related Party Disclosures, often causes confusion with preparers of financial statements because of its subjective nature. This article will look at some of the core areas of FRS 8, notably control, common control, influence and common influence.


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Non Uk registered related parties?

Anonymous | | Permalink

This is a really useful document, thank you. One question, does it still apply if the related party is a company not registered in the UK?

Non UK registered related party

Steve Collings | | Permalink


 If your non UK registered related party meets the definition of a related party under the framework you are reporting under (e.g. FRS/FRSSE) then it does not matter where your related party is situated, it will still be caught under the related party provisions and all material transactions between the reporting entity and its overseas related party will be disclosable.

 Kind regards,


Related Party Example

Anonymous | | Permalink


I have two companies, one owned by the husband (sole director & 100% shareholder) and the other by the wife (sole director & 100% shareholder).

The husbands company manufactures items and sells them on to various retailers one of which is his wife's company. All of the transactions are of a commercial nature with no 'special' terms. The wife also has other suppliers but around 80% is from her Husbands Company.

I am planning not to disclose these as related party transactions as this information may not sit well with the Husbands other customers and therefore prejudice his ability to trade.

15.7 of the FRSSE also states that disclosure of a related party transaction is not required of (c) transactions with the parties listed below simply as a result of their role as (iv) a customer, supplier etc.

Is non-disclosure of these transactions acceptable?


Many thanks






Husband/wife run companies

Steve Collings | | Permalink


I think in your example above, where husband has 100% in his company and wife 100% in hers and both enter into commercial transactions, then you need to be looking at the "close family" provisions (which are quite grey - para 2.1 FRS 8).  The definition of a related party can also apply to close family where those family members could influence the other family member in their dealings with the company. For example, the wife could ask (or maybe demand!!) the husband to supply goods to her at a discount which he would not normally offer other customers in the normal course of business.  In this instance, the wife has influenced the husband and as such would trigger a related party disclosure.

So in answer to your question, you need to establish whether husband and/or wife can (or could be expected to) influence (or be influenced by) one another in their dealings. 

Kind regards,


A fantastic article

joanne lewisham | | Permalink

A fantaastic article once again from Steve. This has helped me clear a number of problems I knew were not right in the firm I work for.

Thanks for this. It's what we come here for!