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Big Four

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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: Mastering a merger

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

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: 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

Colin: Uber tax, Uber problems

Colin wonders whether Uber's customers could perhaps operate their tipping system in the same manner that the minicab business operates its app

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