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Acquisitions will reshape the consulting industry in 2013

Soft markets are seeing the big boys acquire to grow - with smaller consultancies feeling the squeeze, writes Fiona Czerniawska

04 Jul 2013

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Barclays defends Big Four audit role

Current banking audit rules "working for shareholders", Barclays claims in Competition Commission submission

01 Jul 2013

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Big Four fee growth outpaces smaller firms

Big Four firms report 7.7% increase in fees, while smaller firms grow by only 0.6%, FRC report finds

13 Jun 2013

KPMG overhauls PwC as top quoted company auditor

KPMG now audits more UK listed clients than PwC, but latter maintains higher market cap

10 Jun 2013

FRC may be handed audit market competition remit

Competition Commission may call in FRC to support measures to break audit dominance of the Big Four

07 Jun 2013

Taking Stock: 'No trainers' if you want to party with PwC

Partying with with the Big Four is not straightforward

06 Jun 2013

Smaller consultancies thrive as emerging markets beckon

Smaller management consultancies picking up specialist work as companies look to take advantage of emerging markets

29 May 2013

Greater tax transparency “may not be panacea”, warns E&Y

Introducing greater tax transparency could both hurt business and still not provide further understanding to stakeholders, Ernst & Young warns

08 May 2013

Google and E&Y summoned before PAC

The Public Accounts Committee recalls Google and Ernst & Young to give evidence over the internet giant's tax position

02 May 2013

Close season endangers swift passage of EU audit reform

Commentary on Juri's recent clearance of its version of rules to revise company audits tends to be "let's try to make the best of things"

30 Apr 2013

PAC risks credibility after accusing Big Four of driving tax policy

In accusing the Big Four of influencing tax policy for their own gain, the Public Accounts Committee risks its reputation

26 Apr 2013

Audit reforms “nudge” in right direction but leave many unsatisfied

Compromised stance on auditor rotation periods leave profession unsatisfied for different reasons

26 Apr 2013

Big Four “wield undue influence” over tax system, say MPs

MPs in the Public Accounts Committee suggest there is a conflict of interest in the Big Four providing tax advice and expertise to government

26 Apr 2013

Big Four make it into the Top 50 employers for women

Top firms and taxman makes it into The Times Top 50 employers for women

19 Apr 2013

Big Four find Competition Commission audit conclusions lacking

Big Four audit firms criticise basis of watchdog's conclusions as "flawed", "unsound" and based on selective evidence

08 Apr 2013

PwC wins Cairn Energy audit tender

PwC replaces Ernst & Young as auditors of FTSE 250-listed oil and gas exploration group Cairn Energy

21 Mar 2013

FRC disagrees with Competition Commission rotation plans

FRC claims mandatory auditor rotation would undermine audit committees' authority

20 Mar 2013

PwC falls to third place in auditor rankings

PwC is now in third place in the Adviser Rankings list in terms of FTSE 250 clients

19 Mar 2013

PwC tops 25 Best Companies to work for

Three of the Big Four make it onto the Sunday Times Top Best Big Companies to work for list

04 Mar 2013

KPMG tops carbon list for second year in a row

KPMG most carbon friendly of the Big Four according to carbon reduction commitment annual league table

26 Feb 2013

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The markets crave trust, and business must be more proactive in its delivery

ABS: Will you be taking on too much?

While alternative business structures (ABSs) might benefit some accountancy firms, others could be in danger of overstepping their capabilities

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Internal auditors must up game over new anti-corruption rules

Government's more onerous anti-corruption plan means internal auditors must up their game

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Colin imagines KPMG's reaction to losing Diageo audit

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Sage and Netsuite chief executives engage in boisterous Twitter exchange

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