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/ Help to Buy ISA closes on 30 November

Time is running out to open a Help to Buy ISA which could add £3,000 to buyers’ first house deposits

Tax / NHS could pay doctors pension tax ahead of hectic winter

Doctors have been promised their tax bills for higher rate pension relief could be covered by the NHS in efforts to get them working overtime shifts

Insight / EY partner earnings drop as fee income hits £2.45bn

Partner earnings at EY have fallen matched by a modest rise in annual fee income of £2.45bn, up 1.5%, as the Big Four firm focuses on improving diversity at partner level and investing in audit quality

Insight / Quantuma moves Bristol office to grow practice

Business advisory firm Quantuma LLP has taken on more office space and plans to double staff numbers

Insight / FTSE 100 CFOs dominated by men as gender diversity stalls

The majority of CFOs in the FTSE 100 are men, with only 14 of the top finance jobs held by women 

Audit / PwC fails to ward off multimillion negligence claim

PwC has failed in a High Court bid to ward off a pending multimillion euro negligence claim against the Big Four firm

Insight / People in the news: MHA Henderson Loggie, Duff & Phelps, Cowgills

In this week’s accountancy career moves, senior hires and partner promotions at MHA Henderson Loggie, Duff & Phelps and Crowe, FD appointed at Beard and tax team expands at Cowgills  

Insight / PwC ranks top accounting firm for worker satisfaction

Accountants and auditors are the happiest and most loyal workers in the UK, but where are the top firms placed?

Insight / Former charity trustees in contempt of court

The High Court has found two former trustees of a Bristol charity in contempt of court after failing to provide information to the charity regulator

Insight / One in three millennial business owners dissatisfied with accountants

Millennial business owners are not happy with the service provided by their existing accountants and bookkeepers, with more than 39% of owners actively looking to replace their existing adviser in the next year

Insight / EY negotiates British Steel sale to China's Jingye

The Official Receiver and administrators at EY have secured a deal to sell British Steel to Chinese steel giant, Jingye Steel (UK) Ltd and Jingye Steel (UK) Holding Ltd, subject to regulatory approval

Tax / KPMG signs deal with R&D specialist Axillium

Big Four firm KPMG has signed an agreement with a specialist research, innovation and investment agency Axillium to support clients access research and development (R&D) grants

Insight / BKL acquires Green & Purple accountants

Chartered accountants BKL has acquired Green & Purple, an accounting firm specialising in providing chief financial officer (CFO) led virtual finance office services

Insight / Underwood: cry for help from accountants

Growing an accountancy practice in a highly competitive business environment requires a strategic vision and the desire to shake off the comfortable status quo. Keith Underwood, managing director of Foulger Underwood, gives some useful tips on how to future-proof your business

Insight / Gig workers lose out on pension savings

The growth in the gig economy and the lack of flexible schemes for younger pension savers is creating a pension black hole as more workers fall outside auto enrolment 

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