And three directors of DIY retailer Wickes were acquitted of charges of fraudulent trading relating to the £18.3m overstatement of company profits in the mid-1990s.
Also on Tuesday, an independent judicial inquiry was launched into Customs’ disclosure, investigation techniques and case management after the collapse of a major trial in Liverpool.
On Wednesday it was vintage Gordon Brown. The chancellor’s speech presenting his pre-Budget Report to MPs was aggressive and confident. To catch up on all the news, views and comment go to our special pre-Budget report.
Further ashore, WorldCom settled its case with US regulators over an alleged fraud in its accounts. The bankrupt company had been accused of inflating its income figures since 1999 by as much as $9bn (£5.8bn)
Sister publication Finanial Director magazine, released its annual FTSE-100 FD salary survey which showed that finance directors have seen their salaries rise by an average of 12% over the past 12 months with more FDs than ever now earning total pay packages worth over £1m per year.
Friday, a new survey of chief executives working in the financial services industry found that the red tape burden has grown substantially over the last three years.
Mark McMullen joins the private client services team from Smith & Williamson
Merger between Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants and Magma Chartered Accountants was finalised on 3 February
BDO has taken its new partner intake to 23 during the first half of its financial year, including the appointment of five partners in five weeks
The firm reports 7.6% global fee income growth for the year ending 31 December 2016