PracticeAuditHuntingdon protestors hunt down auditor

Huntingdon protestors hunt down auditor

Controversial biotechnology company Life Sciences Research last week won its race against time to file its accounts with the US financial regulator, but protestors are closing in on the identity of its mystery auditor.

Link: Mystery surrounds auditor of HLS

LSR, which owns animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Science in the UK, filed is annual accounts with the Securities and Exchange Commission just before its deadline, after auditors Hugh Scott were approved by the watchdog to carry out audit work.

Further details on Hugh Scott PC have been sparse, as Huntingdon has tried to avoid the scenes of last year when Big Four firm Deloitte was forced to drop HLS and LSR as a client following an intensive two-week campaign from protest group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.

But SHAC is confident it can expose the auditors. ‘We are investigating whether Hugh Scott is acting as a buffer for the real auditors. We have a legal expert looking at whether there is any requirement for the auditor’s details to be disclosed. There is no doubt that we will find them,’ said Kevin Jonas, spokesman for SHAC US.

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