Law and regulation

Audit / KPMG to abandon FTSE 350 non-audit services

KPMG is reportedly to become the first Big Four firm to cease non-audit work for FTSE 350 clients, according to leaked letter to its 625 UK partners, in a move intended to put it ahead of greater regulatory oversight

Audit / Landmark privilege rulings affect auditors and clients

What the Court of Appeal gives, the High Court takes away: two major decisions on legal professional privilege in the cases of ENRC v SFO and Financial Reporting Council v Sports Direct International plc have important ramifications for auditors and audit clients. Ross Dixon and Chris du Boulay at Hickman and Rose examine the decisions

Audit / Mazars calls for joint audits for UK listed companies

In Mazars' response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) statutory audit market study, it says that it is ‘fully supportive of changes which propose to create a genuinely competitive audit market that addresses stakeholders’ needs’ and pushes for joint audits

Audit / FRC demands end to ‘basic errors’ in corporate reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is warning listed companies that they need to do more to eliminate ‘basic errors’ in corporate reporting, saying its monitoring has shown a need for improvements in key areas

Audit / Audit will only change 'if it does not affect profit and loss'

A Financial Reporting Council (FRC) event concerning audit in 2018 saw discussion of the recent high-profile failures of companies, and questions raised this year about the regulator’s own effectiveness in maintaining quality in the audit sector

Audit / Brookes: legal professional privilege and confidential communications

Sophie Brookes, partner at Gateley plc, examines a court case in which an FRC investigation of Grant Thornton led to its client, Sports Direct, being forced to hand over sensitive documents

Audit / CMA launches audit market review

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced the launch of its anticipated study of the audit sector, designed to examine concerns that it is not working well for the economy or investors because of the dominance of the Big Four and a lack of competition

Audit / IAASB issues ISA 540 (Revised) for audit of accounting estimates

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has released International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 540 (Revised), its revised standard for the audit of accounting estimates and related disclosures

Audit / Listed companies ramp up reporting disclosures

Companies in the FTSE are preempting impending changes to corporate governance and reporting rules which take effect from January 2019, research by Deloitte shows

Audit / FTSE 350 reporting improves ahead of new governance code

Next year’s introduction of a new corporate governance code is already having an impact on reporting in the FTSE 350 ahead of the January 2019 deadline, according to analysis by EY which found indications that companies are already starting to provide information in new areas like company culture

Audit / Miscellaneous reporting regulations: directors’ duties and pay

Corporate governance rules are being tightened up with the introduction of the Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 from January 2019. David Duvall FCA explains the new responsibilities for directors and executive pay reporting requirements

Audit / Mandatory audit firm rotation fails to deliver lower costs

Mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR) has forced up audit costs for the FTSE 100, with fees increasing 10% in the last 12 months, but is delivering very mixed results in terms of reducing Big Four dominance and increasing competition, according to a report from Source Global Research

Audit / Government plans overhaul of dividend framework

The government is considering whether to reinforce the rules on dividend payouts and distributions to give stronger reassurances to shareholders and prevent dividends from undermining the viability of a company, reports James Bunney

Audit / Revised Corporate Governance Code: what you need to know

The 2018 Corporate Governance Code includes a raft of changes, including a provision to encourage greater board engagement and the nine-year rule for directors on the company board, but will it be able to prevent corporate failures? Amy Austin, reporter at Accountancy, investigates

Audit / FRC fines Grant Thornton £4m for independence failings

Grant Thornton has been fined £4m and reprimanded for misconduct by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in relation to a lack of independence in the audits of Nichols plc and the University of Salford, with additional sanctions for a former senior partner and three former senior statutory auditors