Insight / Baldwins snaps up £1.6m Gardners accountants

Gardners Chartered Accountants, based in Holywell, has been acquired by the Baldwins Group which now has over 95 offices across England, Scotland and Wales

Tax / HMRC warning on double NICs' liability if no-deal Brexit

In the event the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, HMRC has warned that the current agreements to avoid double payment of the equivalent of national insurance contributions (NICs) in member states will be voided, affecting seconded employees

Insight / Smith & Williamson signs £1.8bn merger with wealth manager Tilney

Top 10 fund management and accounting firm Smith & Williamson has confirmed it is merging with Tilney in a £1.8bn deal to create an integrated group combining wealth management and professional services

Insight / Langricks merges with Michael Bell & Co accountants

Cheshire-based Langricks Chartered Accountants has acquired accounting firm Michael Bell & Co, formalising long-established ties to form a new expanded practice

Insight / Fish Partnership rebrands under Wilkins Kennedy name

The Fish Partnership has rebranded as Wilkins Kennedy after the accountancy firm was snapped up by fast growing Baldwins Group last year

Insight / PwC partners earn £765k as profitability breaks £1bn

Big Four accounting firm PwC has reported record fee income of £4.23bn as partners are set to receive a partner payout of £765,000 and group profitability breaks the billion pound barrier

Tax / UK high earners stung for more tax than European counterparts

The UK has lost the top spot as one of Europe’s low-tax jurisdictions, with top earners now paying 3% more tax than the European average

Insight / Top 20 firm rebrands as Moore Kingston Smith

As part of the global rebranding of accounting network Moore Stephens, Kingston Smith is to rebrand as Moore Kingston Smith, adopting the network name for the first time

Insight / People in the news: Shaw Gibbs, Kreston, Grant Thornton, Crowe, ICAS

In this week’s accountancy career moves, hires and promotions at Shaw Gibbs, Kreston, Dellitte and Grant Thornton, and partner appointments at MHA MacIntyre Hudson and Crowe, and top young accountant named at ICAS awards

Insight / Legal and tech push changes face of accountancy training

There are changes afoot in the accountancy training world, as ICAEW is revising its ACA qualification to focus more on emerging technology, and Deloitte becomes the first Big Four firm to offer graduate training contract programmes for solicitors

Insight / AI automation: your new favourite co-worker

If partial automation has not yet arrived in the accounts payable department of your organisation, it will not be long before it does, says Magali Michel, director at Yooz

Insight / Moore Stephens network rebrands as Moore

Global accounting and consulting network Moore Stephens has rebranded as Moore, dropping the Stephens element of its name

Insight / Cogital subsidiary Blick Rothenberg snaps up Rees Pollock

Accounting consolidator CogitalGroup and its London division, Blick Rothenberg, has acquired Rees Pollock accountants 

Insight / People in the news: ex-KPMG partners, EY, Saffrey Champness, Baldwins

Career news this week includes two ex-KPMG partners who have set up deal advisory firm and an EY director who has joined the Chancellor’s team

Insight / FRC appoints ex-EY risk partner as audit quality committee chair

Anne Whitaker becomes new chair of Financial Reporting Council’s audit quality review committee and joins conduct committee after David Cannon steps down