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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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Investor power at core of Competition Commission remedies

Greater visibility of work done by auditors and audit committees will prove their interests are being served

26 Feb 2013

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Non-audit remains "point for discussion" within Europe

MEP Sajjad Karim tells Accountancy Age he agrees with many of the proposals put forward by the Competition Commission, but non-audit services remains a point for discussion

25 Feb 2013

E&Y knock PwC off Superbrand top spot

PwC loses top spot in Business Superbrand for the first time in the ranking's history

25 Feb 2013

Big Four dismiss claims they are failing shareholders

Competition Commission claims that auditors have misaligned incentives between shareholders and management, denied by Big Four

22 Feb 2013

The Financial Director 2013 Audit Survey

The Financial Director audit survey shows the Big Four has maintained its stranglehold on the audit market. But for how long? asks Richard Crump

22 Feb 2013

Leader: Audit 'baby steps' are pragmatic

Competition Commission takes a realistic, but relatively unexciting, view on opening up the audit market

22 Feb 2013

Competition Commission aims to break Big Four dominance

Competition Commission proposes remedies after investigation finds audits too often fail to fulfil their intended purpose

22 Feb 2013

Big Four audit dominance has "adverse" effect, CC to find

The Big Four dominance of the listed audit market has an "adverse" effect on competition, an investigation into the firms' concentration of the market is expected to find

18 Feb 2013

Big Four tax heads stay cool under pressure

Cathy Corns impressed by advisors' "robust" responses under pressure during the Public Accounts Committee session on tax avoidance

31 Jan 2013

Suggestion Big Four too close to government peculiar

"Who else are the government supposed to consult on constructing tax law?" asks Calum Fuller after the Big Four appeared before the Public Accounts Committee

31 Jan 2013

Separate rules for banks a "mistake", Lawson told

Big Four tell Lord Lawson imposing a different accounting regime for banks would be a mistake

24 Jan 2013

Big Four to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Big Four tax partners called before Public Accounts Committee to discuss tax avoidance

21 Jan 2013

Using Big Four improves disclosure quality

Companies using Big Four auditor provide better quality IFRS disclosures, Cass Business School study finds

18 Jan 2013

Big Four dominate preferred sustainability consultants list

Verdantix survey sees Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Microsoft crowned top green services outfits

16 Jan 2013

KPMG in talks over PRIME-style work experience scheme for accountants

KPMG enters into talks with founders of legal social mobility venture, which could see the Big Four firm forge an equivalent model for the accountancy profession

11 Jan 2013

KPMG replaces PwC as Schroders auditor

KPMG wins Schroders audit, ending PwC's 50-year tenure as the fund manager's auditor

09 Jan 2013

KPMG UK profits drop 13%

Despite a jump in revenues, KPMG sees its UK profits drop 13%

17 Dec 2012

KPMG International revenues rise

International firm says revenues grew 4.4% on last year to $23bn

13 Dec 2012

Big Four caught in US v China audit argument

SEC accuses Chinese affiliates of Big Four and BDO of breaking securities laws by withholding audit paperwork

05 Dec 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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