Equitable Life revealed it had commissioned forensic accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers to produce a report on the auditor and hinted the conclusions have not exonerated E&Y in the eyes of the insurer’s new leaders.
A statement from Equitable said its lawyers Herbert Smith had now written to E&Y ‘seeking an explanation’.
Letters have also been sent to 20 former directors also asking them to explain past decisions made at Equitable.
Among the 20 is Chris Headdon, former Equitable FD and appointed actuary, who briefly led the insurer after most of the board members at the time resigned en masse.
Equitable’s statement reads: ‘The forensic accountancy team at PricewaterhouseCoopers looked at the work of the Society’s former auditors Ernst & Young. The PwC report raises serious concerns. Herbert Smith is writing to Ernst & Young seeking an explanation.’
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'