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Political and economic insecurity set to dog audit committees in 2015

Audit committee members finding it "increasingly difficult" to oversee major risks in addition to financial reporting constraints

27 Jan 2015

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David vs Goliath? Small practitioners pick apart KPMG's SME move

Storm erupts after Big Four firm announces it will take on high-street accountants and the mid-tier accountancy firms that focus predominantly on SME market

20 Jan 2015

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Firms dominate graduate plans, but lawyers pay more

Accounting firms look to scoop up thousands of graduates - but bankers and lawyers are better paid

14 Jan 2015

KPMG to take on Google and disrupt SME market

For the first time, a Big Four firm can offer services to small businesses for a similar price as high-street accountants, KPMG claims

07 Jan 2015

The Financial Power List 2015

Accountancy Age reveals the most influential and powerful hitters in accounting and finance for the coming year

05 Jan 2015

Big Four implicated in Luxembourg tax row

Controversy around tax affairs of multinationals reaches Big Four

11 Dec 2014

KPMG invests in analytics firm Bottlenose

KPMG Capital makes another technology-driven investment

09 Dec 2014

Deloitte announces £25m fund for employees’ start-up

Deloitte employees could receive support for new business ideas under new scheme

17 Nov 2014

KPMG outs itself as firm that must address diversity imbalance

Big Four firm in drive to improve diversity profile

14 Oct 2014

PwC global revenues up by 6%

Despite challenges, emerging markets growth sees PwC post 6% global growth in 2013/14

08 Oct 2014

There is ‘moral dimension’ to tax, claims PwC chairman

Dennis Nally resurrects morality versus law debate in tax affairs

07 Oct 2014

Colin: EY-ers cheer on partner profits

Colin wonders how EY partners reacted to their profit figures

06 Oct 2014

KPMG to deliver Royal Mail audit

Newly-privatised postal company ends 27-year audit relationship with EY

06 Oct 2014

EY UK partner profit jumps 11.7%

Advisory and transactions boost EY's numbers through 2013/14

02 Oct 2014

KPMG awarded multi-disciplinary licence

First Big Four firm to be awarded an alternative business structure licence by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority; but firm will not set up a separate legal practice

01 Oct 2014

PwC edges towards £3bn revenues after broad growth

Consistent performance across PwC's service lines sees another £120m added to its fee income

15 Sep 2014

Firms worried about UK's ‘illogical’ audit interpretation

Competition and Markets Authority's interpretation of EU audit rules could result in 'illogical' outcomes, accounting firms warn

10 Sep 2014

Deloitte partner profits fall as modest growth posted

Improved economy should see better growth in 2014/15, says senior Deloitte partner David Sproul

26 Aug 2014

Top 50+50: From 2009 to 2014 - what has changed?

Accountancy Age compares the 2009 Top 50 survey to our latest figures, and draws out the direction of travel for the profession

24 Jul 2014

Perfect storm boosts accountant's career bargaining power

Accountants in big four and mid-tier practices seeking their next move up the career ladder have the upper hand when it comes to negotiating a deal, says Tom Rogers

25 Jun 2014

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The Practitioner: Mastering a merger

The Practitioner calls for senior staff to step up to the plate: as clandestine merger meetings take place

Leader: KPMG's SME move part of a worrying change to small practice landscape

KPMG's foray into the SME market will likely succeed, but it must convince clients it will ‘care' in the same way a ‘local' practice would

The Practitioner: 'Tis the season to tidy up

The Practitioner lets loose with 'Deskgate', after losing the plot over yet another untidy area...

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David vs Goliath? Small practitioners pick apart KPMG's SME move

Storm erupts after Big Four firm announces it will take on high-street accountants and the mid-tier accountancy firms that focus predominantly on SME market

Colin: Ben Affleck's costume drama

Colin wonders how much Ben Affleck's turn in The Accountant will differ from his previous roles

Taking Stock: Shooting begins on Affleck thriller The Accountant

Affleck is the star in Warner Brothers flick about and a mild-mannered accountant who becomes a high-class assassin by night

Colin: Captain Obvious joins the Lib Dems

Colin wonders what other bleeding obvious policies the Lib Dems will announce in the run-up to the election

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