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E&Y tribunal months from conclusion

Final report on E&Y's disciplinary case on the company's work for Equitable Life is still months away from conclusion

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The profession’s disciplinary body is still months away from ruling on
Ernst
& Young
’s work as auditor of Equitable Life.

The tribunal of the
Accountants’ Joint
Disciplinary Scheme
(JDS) finished hearing the case in November 2007, but
the final report is not yet complete.

The case considered complaints brought against E&Y itself, a partner and
a former partner at the firm, as well as a former director and a manager (both
chartered accountants) at Equitable.

E&Y’s request for a judicial review was dismissed and plans for an appeal
abandoned.

Equitable, whose near collapse left more than a million policyholders nursing
an estimated loss of £4bn, is one of only two cases the JDS has left before it
is dissolved. The case has cost it £800,000.

Its successor body, the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board, has
already won its first case ­ against the firm McClure Watters for its audit of
the Emerging Business Trust in Northern Ireland at the end of last year.

However, the AADB lost a case against PricewaterhouseCoopers in late 2007
over the audit of bus manufacturer Mayflower at a total cost of £1m.

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