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Swiss bank to close after US tax evasion fine

Wegelin, Switzerland's oldest private bank, is to close permanently after pleading guilty to helping Americans evade taxes through secret accounts

04 Jan 2013

Big Four

Big Four caught in US v China audit argument

SEC accuses Chinese affiliates of Big Four and BDO of breaking securities laws by withholding audit paperwork

05 Dec 2012

HP's Meg Whitman

Investor files lawsuit against Deloitte & KPMG for work on Autonomy

Allegations the two firms missed numerous red flags in their work with HP and Autonomy have been filed in a lawsuit in the US

29 Nov 2012

Investors sue HP over Autonomy acquisition

Following IT giant’s $5bn write-down of acquired company HP investors file lawsuit for loss of earnings

27 Nov 2012

Expanding LPP for parliament to decide, court told

Broadening the scope of legal professional privilege to take in accountants is a matter for parliament, the Supreme Court hears

07 Nov 2012

ICAEW makes case for legal professional privilege for accountants

ICAEW intervenes in Supreme Court battle between Prudential and HMRC over legal professional privilege for tax advisors

06 Nov 2012

Ex-MF Global customers file lawsuit against PwC auditors

Collapsed bank’s customers file complaint against PwC claiming it failed to properly examine MF Global’s control over customer funds

06 Nov 2012

Battle to allow accountants privilege reaches Supreme Court

Case between Prudential and HMRC allowing accountants to benefit from legal professional privilege reaches Supreme Court

06 Nov 2012

Jailed accountant ordered to pay back £130k of stolen money

Darren John Upton must repay more than £130,000 of stolen client money or face to more years in prison

31 Oct 2012

Colin: Charity case is no defence

Stealing from charity just isn't very christian, notes Colin

11 Oct 2012

Charity fraudster jailed for five years

Steven Methuen is sentenced to five years in jail after stealing more than £500,000 from two charities

05 Oct 2012

Former Olympus execs plead guilty to accounting fraud

Tokyo prosecutors charge three former Olympus executives for falsifying company accounts to hide massive investment losses

26 Sep 2012

Hong Kong regulator takes E&Y to court

Securities and Futures Commission commences legal proceedings against Ernst & Young over access to accounting records

29 Aug 2012

Adult magazine distributor jailed for VAT fraud

Adult magazine distributor jailed for 16 months for falsely claiming almost £75,000 in VAT repayments

24 Aug 2012

Deloitte launches defence of Standard Chartered work

Joe Echevarria, US CEO of Deloitte, hits back at claims that his firm helped Standard Chartered Bank disguise secret Iranian client transactions from US regulators

14 Aug 2012

Deloitte US implicated in Standard Chartered Iran deception

US arm of Deloitte accused of helping Standard Chartered Bank disguise secret Iranian client transactions from US regulators

07 Aug 2012

High Court protects insolvency appointments

Insolvency profession breathes a sigh of relief as High Court protects their appointment. But there are still pitfalls, warns Andrew Taylor

01 Aug 2012

Three’s not a crowd when funding is needed

Third-party funding in legal cases has just become more costly but it’s not the death of this form of raising finance to fund litigation, explains William Evans

23 Jul 2012

US fraud case against Grant Thornton revived

Appeal lodged against Grant Thornton over its failure to spot fraudulent activity during its audit of now-collapsed technology company Winstar Communication

20 Jul 2012

Grant Thornton's role in Tchenguiz case questioned

A barrister has questioned information Grant Thornton provided to the SFO in its investigation of Mayfair property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz

28 May 2012

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Bank raiding powers could put HMRC at top of insolvency pecking order

Will HMRC’s new bank raiding powers see insolvency practitioners pursuing it for funds taken illegally in the event of bankruptcy?

The Practitioner: The promise of the pension pot

The combination of pensions drawdown and enterprise investment tax planning makes the Practitioner's mouth water - but can the firm get its pensioners lined up in a row?

Leader: Charity begins at home

With so many accountants require support and counselling, an already charitable profession must consider where its efforts go

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Social networking: How does the Top 50 stack up?

Firms are failing to realise the business benefits of social media sites such as utilising LinkedIn

Colin: There's nothing like a well-thought-out plan

Colin wonders whether some SMEs are keeping it too simple

Taking Stock: When tax is stranger than fiction

Sometimes you just can't make it up, TS finds

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

IR35 has proven ineffective, but 'what are the alternatives?' asks Calum Fuller

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