Practice & Industry

Accounting / NAO flags concerns over health of NHS finances

The National Audit Office (NAO) warns that the current funding model for the NHS is not sustainable, despite the government’s pledge of an additional £20.5bn cash boost, because of the existence of substantial deficits in some parts of the system and the continued failure to hit performance targets

Insight / KPMG expands Asia Pacific legal services

KPMG has launched a law firm in Hong Kong and is to open another in Shanghai later in the year as part of moves to expand its legal capabilities in Asia Pacific

Insight / SEC brings charges over $4m data hack

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is charging nine defendants who hacked into the regulator’s electronic data gathering, analysis, and retrieval (EDGAR) system and extracted non-public information to use for $4m (£3.09m) of illegal trading

Insight / EY administrators to plant hire group

Sam Woodward, Alex Williams and Hunter Kelly of EY’s restructuring team have been appointed joint administrators of plant hire company, Hawk Plant (UK) Ltd and subsidiaries, which has collapsed, putting over 400 jobs at risk

Insight / Difficulty of juggling instant wins and long-term strategies for CFOs

Today more than ever, CFOs need to provide business strategy both in the long and short term. Angela Mazza Teufer, senior vice president at Oracle looks at how they can achieve just that without letting go of the day-to-day financial oversight

Insight / Big Four global heads make top 100 CEO listing

Despite a turbulent year for the Big Four, which saw strong criticism for their executive teams from MPs, the public and the regulators, the CEOs of EY, Deloitte, PWC and KPMG all feature in a new study of the world’s 100 most reputable CEOs

Insight / Accountants look to invoice finance as client cash flow option

The majority of accountants are advising clients on potential sources of funding as their advisory role expands, although one in three cite a lack of knowledge about finance options as a barrier to making recommendations

Insight / FSB demands reform one year on from Carillion

The collapse of government outsourcer Carillion on 15 January 2018, which cost the taxpayer an estimated £150m, has prompted greater scrutiny of the outsourcing market and calls for a major reform from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Insight / 78% hike in fraud cases hitting courts

The number of fraud cases reaching courts in the UK rose by 78% in 2018 according to research by KPMG Forensic, which identified 453 cases with a total value of £1.2bn in its annual survey, and warns untested customs and tax arrangements post-Brexit could see levels rise further

Insight / Government launches economic crime taskforce

The Home Secretary and Chancellor are to jointly chair a government taskforce which will work with senior figures from the UK financial sector to tackle economic crime, including fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering, which is estimated to cost the UK at least £14.4bn annually

Insight / Bespoke furniture maker in administration

KPMG has been appointed to handle the administration of furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett Ltd, which has collapsed due to difficult trading conditions with the loss of over 200 jobs

Accounting / Winton: use and abuse of pre-packs to drop pension liabilities

Anne-Marie Winton, partner at ARC Pensions Law LLP, examines the pre-pack administration of publisher Johnston Press, which involved the abandoning of £109m in pension liabilities, and asks whether regulators should have greater control of this practice 

Tax / Are you paying national minimum wage correctly?

Miscalculation of national minimum wage and national living wage payments can have consequences for a business as well as an individual. To ensure you get it right, tax specialist John Davison examines the basis for calculations and potential pitfalls

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Accounting / Accountants urged to adopt risk management role

CFOs must seize the opportunity to drive effective enterprise risk management according to a study by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), which warns many organisations are failing to embrace comprehensive ways of managing risks