Big Four firms play down G20 protest fears

As City firms brace themselves for action by anti-capitalist protestors ahead
of tomorrow’s G20 summit, the Big Four accounting firms have said it would be
business as usual for their staff today.

A Deloitte spokesman said the firm was not advising staff to work from home,
although it had told staff who need to travel to and from London offices and to
meetings, to be ‘vigilant and report any suspicious items or activity to the

Ernst & Young said: ‘Our people’s safety and security is our top
priority. We have provided guidance and advice to all our staff on sensible
precautions that should be taken to minimise any potential risks to both
themselves and the firm.’

A spokesman for KPMG, which has an office in Canary Wharf, said it would be
open for business as usual today and tomorrow.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers spokesman said the firm’s London offices would have
increased security but said that otherwise it was expecting the week to be
‘business as usual.’

He added: ‘Partners and staff working in client locations that are in areas
affected, or that may be more likely to attract more direct attention, should
consider the potential impact. They should plan ahead and make sure they can
work from another PwC office, from home, or from an alternate client location.’

Rick Cudworth, head of Deloitte’s business continuity and resilience
practice, advised businesses which could be affected by the G20 protests to make
sure they have one or more sources of intelligence on events, such as through
the Metropolitan Police and City Police and to prepare remote working, and
employee information line messages.

He also recommended that companies put their security teams on stand-by.

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