Auditor reading documents

8 November, 2019

Auditors struggling to challenge management, says FRC

One of the frequent complaints made of auditors is that they get too cosy with their clients. A report from the UK’s audit watchdog has concluded that they are, at the very least, shy of challenging...
Thomas Cook plane

5 November, 2019

Thomas Cook review urges action on audit reform and bonus clawbacks

The UK government has come under fresh criticism for failing to make progress on reforming audit and auditors, while it also faces demands to make it easier to enforce bonus clawbacks from directors i...
Big Four, PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG

28 October, 2019

Big Four accountancy firms see decline in combined audit income growth

The growth in audit fees for Big Four firms has fallen back significantly to one of its lowest levels since 2010. Audit fees grew by 1.7% for Big Four firms combined—PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG—...
UK parliament, governance reform

16 October, 2019

Sir John Kingman warns government over unfinished FRC reforms

The author of a report recommending extensive reform of the UK’s financial reporting and audit watchdog is unhappy with its progress. Indeed, Sir John Kingman, the chair of Legal & General,
auditor

3 September, 2019

Auditor resignations indicate new attitude to client selection

The audit profession in Britain is at a turning point as Westminster—Brexit permitting—considers new regulation. It seems firms may be responding by clearing the decks: the press has spotted a ...
auditor

31 July, 2019

Fines almost triple as regulators get tough with auditors

Auditors are facing a much tougher environment when their work goes wrong. Figures released by the Financial Reporting Counc...
audit, audit ethics

16 July, 2019

Financial watchdog moves to strengthen audit ethics

Given the frequency of trouble facing auditors in recent years, there was bound to be a reaction. While the government continues to wrestle with reforming the audit market and audit regulation, the cu...
Stephen Haddrill, FRC

28 May, 2019

FRC reveals increased budget as it prepares for transition

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is set to increase its workload and budget, monitoring audits as well as compliance with the UK corporate governance code, before its transition to a new regulato...
Goldman Sachs

23 May, 2019

Mazars wins Goldman Sachs audit deal amid debate on market reform

Mazars, the professional services firm, has clinched one of the most significant audit contracts outside the Big Four firms after being appointed auditors of Goldman Sachs in Europe. There is nothi...
UK parliament, governance reform

25 April, 2019

Audit committees: increased scrutiny is the only certainty

There is a very good chance that life is about to get much tougher for audit committee members. While in the past those serving on the board committees that supervise auditors may have undertaken thei...