Consultations

Audit / Audit methodology: is it fit for purpose?

With auditors under heavy scrutiny and a litany of audit failures at listed companies, Sarah Perrin ACA asks whether the fundamentals of audit are actually working and how technology could improve the quality of audit

Audit / Stallabrass: CMA joint audit proposal is a challenge to mid-tier firms

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) recommendation of joint audits for FTSE 350 companies will force mid-tier firms to invest in resources and skills to be able to contend with the Big Four. Matthew Stallabrass, partner, corporate audit at Crowe, considers the implications of the Kingman and CMA audit reviews

Audit / Last day for CMA audit market consultation response

Today marks the final deadline for responses to the consultation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on changes to legislation to improve the audit sector, which include separating audit from consulting services; greater accountability for audit committee chairs and introducing a ‘joint audit’ regime

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 / CMA reform plan for joint audits and consulting split for Big Four

A five-week consultation has been launched on the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) proposals to address the lack of competition in the audit market with reforms including the introduction of joint audits for listed companies, with at least one firm being non-Big Four, and closer scrutiny of auditor appointments, reports Amy Austin

Audit / Kingman calls for abolition of FRC as audit regulator

In a scathing review of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Sir John Kingman has called for the standard setter and audit regulator to be closed in its present form with immediate replacement by a new oversight authority with regulatory powers set in statute

Audit / Post-implementation consultation on client asset audit standard

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has launched a consultation to assess the effectiveness of the client asset audit (CASS) standard, which was introduced in 2015 to provide a principles-based framework to strengthen audit quality in response to some high profile failures

Audit / Investment firms caution against Big Four break up

Investors want to see improvements in audit quality and are concerned about the current dominance of the Big Four, but are holding back from calling for a break up of the largest firms or a ban on the supply of non-audit services, according to the responses made to the first stage of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review of the sector

Audit / Grant Thornton against separating audit and non-audit practices of Big Four

In its response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review, Grant Thornton has called for a ban on firms receiving non-audit fees from Public Interest Entity (PIE) clients however does not believe that splitting Big Four audit and non-audit practices will be an effective remedy

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 launches project on future of reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has begun a major project which aims to challenge existing thinking about corporate reporting and consider how companies should better meet the information needs of shareholders and other stakeholders, as well as alternative ways of delivering that information

Audit / Roberts: rebuilding trust and integrity in UK auditors

With the Big Four audit market facing a competition review by the Competition and Markets Authority, Jon Roberts, partner and head of assurance at mid-tier firm Grant Thornton UK, asks how to rebuild trust and integrity for the longer term in the audit profession

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 / 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
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