Calculator on top of business report

7 April, 2021

Audit and assurance policies: innovative ideas for change

While the attention of those interested in the reform of audit and corporate governance has naturally focused on government plans for legislative reform, ICAEW’s audit and assurance faculty has been...
Empty boardroom table and chairs

5 February, 2021

Reforms impose new responsibilities on directors for financial reporting

Reforms set to be published next week will propose fines and bans for directors held responsible for failures in financial reporting. According to the Financial Times, BEIS (the Department...
Audit separation

6 July, 2020

FRC issues principles for separation of audit from other services

A landmark in the reform of the UK audit market has been reached with the Big Four firms put on notice that the “operational separation” of audit from other services must take place by the end of ...
BDO

12 June, 2020

BDO client increase sees it overtake KPMG in UK auditor rankings

Change may be under way in the audit market, albeit tentatively. BDO, an audit firm outside the global Big Four, has become the second largest firm by number of listed clients in the UK, overtaking KP...
shared audits, joint audits

28 January, 2020

UK government could introduce shared audits for large companies

Is the government heading towards introducing shared audits for the UK biggest companies? That’s the suggestion made in The Sunday Times at the weekend. It’s difficult to tell exactly ...
Audit stamp, audit quality, auditor, Brydon review

19 December, 2019

Brydon review: ‘true and fair’ must go while fraud becomes auditor responsibility

The long-standing “true and fair view" principle at the heart of accounting and auditing in the UK and many other jurisdictions could be changed following the government-commissioned Brydon review o...
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...