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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

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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

Major UK companies line up 2017 for audit tenders

Johnson Matthey, Babcock International, Qinetiq and Big Yellow Group line up 2017 audit tenders, while 32Red swaps Grant Thornton for KPMG

20 Jun 2014

Leader: Latest stats show audit revolution's a long way off

The first tranche of audit tenders has seen familiar faces picking up major audits - illustrating that more market competition is a long way off

03 Jun 2014

KPMG increases lead as most prolific stock market auditor

Number of stock market clients audited by KPMG skips up ten in the last quarter, according to Adviser Rankings

02 Jun 2014

Bank audits not up to scratch, finds FRC

FRC inspection report highlights continued deficiencies in the quality and rigour of bank audits

28 May 2014

Making Big Four partner 'meritocratic but highly commercial'

Big Four partners aren't necessarily from the 'elite', but research raises concerns that their commercialism could create a conflict of interest

06 May 2014

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AS2014: Osborne's reforms sensible - IoD

Sensible reforms preface more radical tax policies in next parliament, writes Institute of Directors' head of taxation Stephen Herring

#AS2014: ACCA still concerned over public coffers, despite spending plans

Government's spending plans give false impression of state of the UK's finances, writes ACCA's Chas Roy-Chowdhury

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Taking Stock: Massaging the figures

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Colin: Using Google to make money out of the net

Colin thinks Osborne's latest tax wheeze means he is not such a bad egg after all

Taking Stock: Daddy issues at French Duncan

Taking Stock spares a though for Alasdair Cairns, who has just gained a new boss. His dad.

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