Law and regulation

Audit / £21m damages bill for Grant Thornton’s ‘flagrant’ audit failures

Grant Thornton has been ordered to pay an audit firm record of £21m in damages to former client AssetCo after a High Court judge branded its auditing of the company, which nearly collapsed as a result of an accounting scandal, to be a ‘flagrant breach of professional standards’, exhibiting failures ‘of the utmost gravity’

Audit / Audit updates: February 2019

In this month’s roundup of audit news, MPs probe Big Four and mid-tier firm heads about sustainability of audit, FRC consults on tougher stewardship code and changes to third country auditor fees due to Brexit, Carillion audit investigation to continue well into 2019, audit wins at SSE and ICG, while Aston Martin puts audit out to tender

Audit / PCAOB faults half of KPMG US audits inspected

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) identified deficiencies in half of the audits it inspected at KPMG’s US firm in 2017, with concerns that there might not have sufficient audit evidence to support the firm’s opinion in some instances

Audit / FRC Carillion probe to continue ‘well into 2019’

The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) investigation into Carillion is set to continue for much of this year but will be completed ‘promptly and thoroughly’, the regulator has said in an update on its examination of KPMG’s auditing and the conduct of two former finance directors of the failed outsourcer

Audit / KPMG suspends Carillion audit partner

KPMG has suspended Peter Meehan, the audit partner for failed outsourcing company Carillion, and three other members of staff after discovering issues with documentation provided to the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) audit quality review (AQR) of the company in 2017

Audit / BEIS committee warned over audit reform proposals

Both academics and business experts raised concerns of ‘unintended consequences’ of audit reforms to the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee, with broad disagreement over whether the changes should be led by government or business, reports James Bunney

Audit / Calls for full scrutiny of EU banking audits

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) wants EU legislators to intervene and ensure the European Central Bank (ECB) allows full access to documents for audits related to banking supervision, arguing that the current position prevents them from carrying out their work properly

Audit / FRC consults on third country auditors' fees to prepare for Brexit

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has issued a four-week consultation on the fee structure for third country auditors (TCA) in the event of a no-deal Brexit, although it has indicated that the current fee structure is unlikely to change

Audit / Audit updates: January 2019

In this month’s round-up of audit news, the Competition and Markets Authority releases its initial findings into the lack of competition in the listed audit market with the Big Four under fire, while the Kingman review questions to competency of the audit regulator, while Patisserie Valerie drops Grant Thornton in auditor switch to RSM

Audit / SEC fines Crowe’s US firm $1.5m over audit failures

US firm Crowe has agreed to pay a penalty of $1.5m (£1.18m), after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) identified significant failures in audits of Corporate Resource Services, which went bankrupt in 2015 after the discovery of $100m in unpaid federal payroll tax liabilities

Audit / Charity Commission to take hard line over material reporting

Two auditors have been reported to their professional body in the wake of the Charity Commission’s follow-up report on auditors’ compliance with the requirements for reporting matters of material significance, with the regulator warning it may take similar action without prior warning in future

Audit / Donald Brydon to head Project Flora audit review

Donald Brydon, outgoing chair of the London Stock Exchange Group and chair of Sage Group has been appointed to lead a new independent review of the quality and effectiveness of the UK audit market, in the wake of the Kingman review and the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) interim findings, following a nine-month search for an independent chair

Audit / FRC future uncertain as Wates principles launched

Launching the Wates corporate governance code for large private companies, James Wates praised the work done but admitted that the future involvement of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) was overshadowed by the impending publication of the Kingman review into the regulator

Accounting / Companies House to refer to UN sanctions over 'designated persons'

Companies house has issued guidance that United Nations (UN) sanctions have led to extra checks on applications to register some corporate bodies in order to ascertain if ‘designated persons’ (DPs) are involved

Audit / AIM rule change prompts governance improvements

Companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) have enhanced their corporate governance disclosures since a new rule change came into effect in September 2018 requiring them to demonstrate adherence to a recognised code, but there is still room for improvement, according to a progress review
Subscribe