In a hard hitting report, RSM Robson Rhodes has called on the newly established Accountancy Foundation to set out clear boundaries on non-audit work that could be provided to clients.
In addition, the firm argued that all significant non-audit work should have to be approved by a company’s audit committee, backed by a full analysis published in its annual report.
The report, Asserting Independence, said: ‘There is real concern about the extent to which auditors are selling other services to their clients and that this can stop them being tough when toughness is needed.’
The move will be seen as a challenge to the accountancy profession, in particular the ICAEW, which is currently debating its policy on independence and the rotation of audit firms – Robson Rhodes called for a company’s audit to be put out to tender at least once every five years.
The firm’s technical partner, Anthony Carey, who until recently was technical director at the ICAEW, said: ‘To avoid another Enron experience we need a governance system that prevents problems starting rather than trying to correct them once they’ve happened.’
Andrew Howson joins the firm from EY, bringing experience in advising private equity and corporate clients across multiple sectors in the UK and Europe
Dennis Layton takes up the position on April 1 and will contribute to the firm’s goal of becoming the leading global professional services organisation by 2020
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'