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Watchdog calls for 'significant improvements' in Mazars' audit

Audit Inspection Unit's review of Mazars' work flags up a series of issues, including a lack of evidence to support going concern assessments

10 May 2012

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Can firms force partners to retire?

The Supreme Court case on mandatory partner retirement continues to rage on, but it’s not a case of if but when, explains David Walker

02 May 2012

David Fenn new managing partner at Wilkins Kennedy

Wilkins Kennedy converts to LLP status

Wilkins Kennedy drops its partnership structure for Limited Liability status

01 May 2012

Jeremy Newman could fit for RSM Tenon

The former BDO boss could fit as RSM Tenon's top non-exec, suggest Kevin Reed

30 Apr 2012

Best Practice: Harwood Hutton's John Brace

Harwood Hutton picks up the Latin vibes as it considers expanding into new territories, explains managing director John Brace

13 Apr 2012

The Practitioner: Missing our Admin Queen

The Practitioner bemoans the loss of the backbone of the firm: their administrative assistant

12 Apr 2012

Audit Commission: An opportunity missed

The tender process for farming out Audit Commission work hasn’t opened up the market

05 Apr 2012

RSM Tenon: Split from auditors and move on

RSM Tenon risks more by carrying on an argument with its auditors now the spat is in the public domain, argues Kevin Reed

03 Apr 2012

Going postal over invoices

Small businesses might have to look at alternative ways of invoicing with stamp prices step to rocket

28 Mar 2012

Has LLP status worked?

Accountancy Age asks whether firms' move to LLP status was worth the effort

22 Mar 2012

ICAEW: Banks should reveal auditor disagreements

Banks should disclose key accounting disagreements with auditors in their annual reports, the ICAEW believes

13 Mar 2012

Accounting regulator investigates KPMG's audit of Equity Red Star

The Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) has begun an investigation into KPMG's audit of Equity Red Star, a motor and home insurer

05 Mar 2012

QC appointed executive counsel at accounting watchdog

Gareth Rees QC, an expert in financial crime and regulation, will start new role at Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board in March

01 Mar 2012

Elaine Clark wants accountancy voucher power

An e-petition calling for start-ups to receive a government voucher for accountants' advice could put profession into the spotlight

28 Feb 2012

KPMG's trainees learn a harsh business lesson

KPMG's audit trainees now understand that bonuses aren't set in stone

24 Feb 2012

Make a success of your fee structure

Make sure your success fees have been properly drafted and structured - or risk going through the courts to chase payment

20 Feb 2012

James Perman & Co forced to pay FSA costs

Scottish accountancy firm forced to pay costs after losing battle against the FSA

20 Feb 2012

Accounting academic says FRC should be scrapped

Bournemouth University professor calls for Financial Reporting Council to be canned as it fails to tackle accounting and auditing problems

15 Feb 2012

HMRC vexes with record checks attitude

13 Feb 2012

Ex-Vantis tax director jailed for shares fraud

David Perrin has been jailed for 18 months for charity tax fraud

08 Feb 2012

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Mehjoo: No such thing as a general retainer?

The long-running legal dispute between midlands firm Harben Barker and client Hossein Mehjoo emphasises the importance of clear terms, write Andrew Howell and Alexa Segal

The Practitioner: If you don’t ask you don’t know

Can the practitioner face their fears and asked the fee question?

Miller's Tale: Women perfectly placed for accountancy's evolution

Women are making their way into the world of finance with more pace than ever before - but how far up the ladder they can climb? And how are they perceived? Accountant, and Accountancy Age columnist, Cara Miller debates this hot topic

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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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Why budgeting fails: One management system is not enough

If budgeting is to have any value at all, it needs a radical overhaul. In today's dynamic marketplace, budgeting can no longer serve as a company's only management system; it must integrate with and support dedicated strategy management systems, process improvement systems, and the like. In this paper, Professor Peter Horvath and Dr Ralf Sauter present what's wrong with the current approach to budgeting and how to fix it.

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iXBRL: Taking stock. Looking forward

In this white paper CCH provide checklists to help accountants and finance professionals both in practice and in business examine these issues and make plans. Also includes a case study of a large commercial organisation working through the first year of mandatory iXBRL filing.