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Top 35 Networks 2013: New markets, opportunities, threats

Despite continuing economic difficulties in some of the major economies, the international accountancy groups have managed to maintain growth, but it has not been without its difficulties, reports Philip Smith

08 Jul 2013

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EY maintains 'diversity crown' with 52 partner appointments

EY has appointed 52 partners over the past year, with half appointed in the last month

08 Jul 2013

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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

Barclays defends Big Four audit role

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

01 Jul 2013

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

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The Practitioner: 'Tis the season to tidy up

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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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Intermediary rules: What your clients need to know

Alastair Kendrick walks through the new landscape for workers engaged through intermediaries, and finds that clients might not have up-to-scratch systems and processes

Taking Stock: Massaging the figures

TS was pleased to note some interesting methods to alleviate Christmas stress

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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