The Top 50 firms

Business is booming. With regulation driving audits revenues, the avoidance
clampdown fuelling tax and a burst of M&A activity, accountancy firms have
rarely looked healthier.

Read on for our full analysis.

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NEWS:

Exclusive: profession slays Enron dragon as
Top 50 post record revenues

Accountancy Age’s Top 50, published today, reveals that the profession’s biggest
firms drew £7.64bn in revenue, exceeding the 2002 figure of £7.4bn for the first
time

OVERVIEW:

Top 50: road to where?
The profession is enjoying unprecedented growth and bucking the economic trend –
but the figures on female and ethnic minority partners are a cause for concern

ANALYSIS:
The last year has seen unprecedented growth across the sectors, with booming
revenues in tax, consultancy, corporate finance and audit. But there is a note
of caution as the downward global economic cycle is likely to bite.

Avoidance pays 
Alex Hawkes discovers firms’ tax departments are in rude health

Growth industry
Kevin Reed reports on last year’s booming revenues in consultancy

Hay in the sunshine
Nicholas Neveling sees accountants taking advantage of the merger and
acquisition boom of last year

Having a ball
Gavin Hinks looks at what seems to be the most successful year ever in
audit, reporting a huge 21% increase in audit fees

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