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Big Four

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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RSM slips down auditor rankings table of listed clients

Morningstar table shows RSM Tenon is biggest loser in overall auditor clients ranking for listed clients

27 Nov 2012

Autonomy

Colin: Autonomy can be a lonely place

Colin takes a wry look at one of the week's bigger developments

22 Nov 2012

Acquisitions the way to challenge Big Four, say readers

Accountancy Age readers overwhelmingly feel acquisitions are the best way to challenge the Big Four after this week's poll

14 Nov 2012

Firms vie over FTSE 350 audit market definition

Big Four and mid-tier disagree over Competition Commission definition of audit market

29 Oct 2012

RSM Tenon leaps to the top of UK M&A advisor table

Listed firm storms Experian table as second most popular advisor on mergers & acquisitions in the UK, up from 20th

24 Oct 2012

Competition Commission delays audit inquiry findings

UK watchdog pushes back provisional findings of audit investigation to January

17 Oct 2012

Big Four alumni's influence could restrict competition

Competition could be restricted by the backgrounds of those involved in the appointment of auditors, regulator finds

08 Oct 2012

Big Four audit tenders benefit from ‘virtuous circle’

Virtuous circle that increases Big Four chances of winning FTSE 350 audits operates in reverse for mid-tier

01 Oct 2012

No evidence of "tacit coordination" among Big Four

Competition Commission working paper on tacit collusion among Big Four goes some way to vindicate their stance on audit competition

25 Sep 2012

PwC overtakes KPMG as small-cap auditor

KPMG loses ten auditor clients in the last quarter, seeing it ousted by PwC as the top small-cap auditor

03 Sep 2012

Deloitte wins Dublin Airport Authority audit

Deloitte replaces KPMG as DAA auditor

28 Aug 2012

KPMG travails indicative of wider malaise

All of the Big Four are suffering from price competition for audit tenders, and limited opportunities for M&A and IPO work

24 Aug 2012

Leader: KPMG's cuts set out harsh truth about profits

A dip in profits, as well as more partners, set the tone for KPMG's future direction. But is cutting non-partners right? asks Accountancy Age

24 Aug 2012

Deloitte's 2012 revenues jump 11%

Deloitte posts £2.3bn revenues for 2012, with £789,000 average profit per partner

17 Aug 2012

Jon Sparkes takes Bishop Fleming tax role

Former PwC tax specialist to serve from Bishop Fleming's Plymouth office

13 Aug 2012

FTSE 350 use same auditor for an average of 11.3 years

Competition Commission finds FTSE 350 businesses that change auditor get improvements in price and quality

08 Aug 2012

Mid-tier firms rival Big Four for PLC clients

The mid-tier has its foot in the door with PLC clients, rivalling them cross-sector for work

01 Aug 2012

50 Shades of Firm: The Top50 +50

A myriad of business models and structures see firms differentiate themselves, but there are some worrying trends, says Kevin Reed

31 Jul 2012

The Top 50 +50 2012: Firms break the £10bn barrier

The Big Four lead push as the UK's top 50 accounting firms break the £10bn fee income barrier, in Accountancy Age's annual survey

30 Jul 2012

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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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