Big Four, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC

15 October, 2018

How do you solve a problem like audit?

Can a problem like audit be solved? Others have tried before—and others are set to try again. There have been multiple, consistent concerns about the audit process, governance and even its ra...
audit, audit reform

11 October, 2018

Audit reform: which way now?

In 2016 Mervyn King, my South African countryman and colleague who is internationally renowned for his work in the sphere of corporate governance, asked me to write a book with him on th...
human rights, modern slavery, supply chains

22 September, 2018

Ten mistakes boards can avoid on human rights

1. Identify and understand the risks Boards often fail to identify and understand the serious risks to human rights such as exploitative work conditions relating to pay, contracts, safety, h...

19 September, 2018

Audit woes and reform wrangles

In July 2002 Lord Sharman, a former chairman of KPMG International, conceded in the pages of Accountancy Age, a trade publication for bean counters, that having a public sector body audit lis...
KPMG, Big Four

21 August, 2018

KPMG conflict of interest with Ted Baker results in £3m FRC fine

Accountancy’s regulator has fined KPMG and partner Michael Barradell after they admitted misconduct in relation to the audits of fashion retailer Ted Baker in 2013 and 2014. The Financial Reporti...
PwC

15 August, 2018

PwC heavily criticised for ‘failed’ audit of BHS

PwC's audit of collapsed high-street department store BHS included failings in ethical standards, according to a stinging report from regulators. The report also revealed that Steven Denison, the e...
Institute of Directors, IoD

7 August, 2018

IoD calls for independent commission to take governance from FRC

One of the UK's leading business groups has called for a new commission to supervise corporate governance, separating the task from the existing watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). The...
Big Four, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, PwC

9 July, 2018

Competition regulator asks Big Four to look for ways to change audit market

Reports suggest this morning that the Big Four audit firms have been asked to investigate ways of increasing the choice of auditors for companies listed in the UK. There has been pressure on the UK...
PwC, pricewaterhousecoopers

3 July, 2018

PwC to pay $625.3m damages over collapsed US bank

PwC has been ordered by a US court to pay damages of $625.3m (£474.6m) over the audit of a collapsed bank. According to the