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Why we should worry about FRC evasiveness over HBOS

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30 March 2016 By Atul K. Shah The failure of the UK’s fifth largest bank, HBOS, led to over £52 billion of losses, and had a significant impact on jobs, pensions and savings for thousands of people. In spite of a large number of enquiries and reports, no-one has gone to …

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KPMG’s annual report—vague about ethics

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25 March 2016 By  Atul Shah The growing size and influence of “big four” accountancy firms as they further transform themselves into global business services supermarkets is generating alarm among many who are concerned about ethics, independence and truth. Our research at Suffolk Business School has raised a number of questions …

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Paul Moore: Why Griffith-Jones must step down as FCA chairman

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April 20th, 2013 Trust in UK financial regulation and auditing cannot be rebuilt unless John Griffith-Jones (pictured right) steps down as chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority, writes HBOS whistleblower Paul Moore, who is also calling for a public inquiry into KPMG’s pre-crash audits of the collapsed bank HBOS. The need for such an inquiry …

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Deloitte and the demise of RBS

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 18 December 2011 One of Fred Goodwin’s first acts on being appointed chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland on March 6, 2000 was to sack PWC as auditors and to wheel in his ‘alma mater’, Deloitte & Touche. Ex-insiders suggest this …

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KPMG and the HBOS whistleblower

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 18 December 2011 KPMG was already auditing Halifax when the ex-building society merged with Bank of Scotland a decade ago, and the audit firm took over responsibility for auditing HBOS books from September 2001. The firm fulfilled this function until HBOS had to …

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Big Four finally held to account

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 2 October 2011 The “Big Four” accountancy firms, whose complacency and dereliction of duty were major contributors to the banking crisis that tipped the UK into recession, could be getting their comeuppance at the hands of the European Union. The story of Deloitte, Ernst …

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The horse has bolted, but at least the Lords have started to clear out accountancy’s Augean stables

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March 30th, 2011 Here is Lord MacGregor, a former Conservative chief secretary of the Treasury, unveiling the hard-hitting and long-awaited conclusions of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s report into audit profession. This is an inquiry I’ve been following with interest and which I’ve written on Qfinance (Scrap mark-to-market …

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Mark-to-market accounting a danger to capitalism

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18 January 2011 The interrogation of Barclays’ newly-installed chief executive Bob Diamond by the Treasury committee of the House of Commons last Tuesday was an unsatisfactory affair. But it was followed by a much more productive parliamentary session in the UK — a meeting of the House of Lords Economic …