Accounting / FRC/FCA advice for companies and auditors of financial accounts

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have published updated guidance for companies and auditors to ensure high quality financial information continues to flow to users to support decision-making

Accounting / UK standards Endorsement Board starts work

The UK Endorsement Board (UKEB), the body tasked with endorsing and adopting international accounting standards now that the UK has left the EU, has officially launched

Accounting / Accounting updates: 2020 highlights

In a round-up of the biggest accounting stories of the year, we look at accounting and disclosure errors, financial and non-financial reporting standard reviews, Brexit transition planning and FRC warning on cashflow errors

Accounting / International reporting: climate disclosures and ESG reporting

Jeroen Van Doorsselaere considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) in financial statements and the importance of disclosure accuracy when reporting climate-related matters

Accounting / WPP and Deloitte find accounting standards errors

WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, is to restate its financial statements from 2017 to 2019, after discovering its most recently reported statutory losses were under-stated by £301m

Accounting / IASB reviews group accounting standards

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is seeking feedback on three IFRS standards for group accounting, in order to assess their usefulness to users of financial statements, the ease of implementation and any unexpected costs of application

Accounting / BEIS consults on major Companies House overhaul

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched three consultations on reforms to Companies House, designed to improve the integrity of the information available about companies and strengthen its ability to tackle fraud

Accounting / IFRS 17: amendments to accounting insurance standard problematic

Recent tweaks to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts have provided some much needed clarity, but there is still room for interpretation and a financial hit when insurance companies first adopt the accounting standard in 2023, warn Michael Winkler and Sunil Kansal FCA of Shasat Consulting

Accounting / Call to enhance IAS 37 disclosures for pollution clean-ups

Ambiguities in the existing international accounting standards have resulted in a lack of transparency about the decommissioning and clean-up costs incurred by pollution-prone industries, resulting in potential liabilities for taxpayers, according to ICAS

Accounting / FRC consults on property and plant exemption in FRS 101

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is consulting on minor amendments to FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework as part of the 2020/21 review cycle to keep it in line with IFRS

Accounting / FRC hits out at ‘patchy’ corporate governance reporting

Too many companies are still adopting a ‘box ticking’ formulaic approach to corporate governance reporting, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has warned

Accounting / Accountants beware rise in professional negligence claims

Accounting firms should be bracing themselves for a rise in professional negligence claims as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with clients pointing the figure when things go wrong, predicts Kingsley Napley’s Jemma Brimblecombe

Accounting / FRC highlights ‘basic’ cash flow errors in corporate reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has criticised companies for failing to tackle ‘basic’ errors in cash flow statements and has published suggestions for improvement

Accounting / Accounting for Brexit part 4: Considerations for companies and directors

In the fourth and final article on the impact of Brexit on audit and accounting, David Duvall MA FCA, Susan Singleton LLB and Fawn Beddows examine some of the key changes that will affect businesses trading in the EU market from 1 January 2021

Accounting / FRC outlines expectations for 2020/21 reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published its annual letter setting out its reporting expectations for preparers of reports and accounts for the year ahead