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    1. December 23, 2014

      Scandals fail to dent accountancy’s big four in 2014 in UK

      Professional services companies took centre stage in two of this year’s biggest stories: widespread corporate tax scrutiny...

    2. December 5, 2014

      Busy times at the top as the CEO carousel gains pace

      Time ran out this week for the chief executives of two very different businesses. Auction house Christie’s parted ways with...

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    1. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: North Sea oil tax burden eased

      The UK chancellor in his Autumn Statement went some way towards meeting industry calls to reverse his tax raid on North Sea...

    2. December 2, 2014

      FRC review finds two institutions need ‘significant’ improvement

      Two bank and building society audits required “significant improvements”, the UK accountancy watchdog said on Tuesday, as it...

    3. November 30, 2014

      Number of female fund executives falls in UK

      The number of female executive directors working in the UK fund management industry has fallen over the past year, with...

    4. November 10, 2014

      Consulting fees based on results begin to challenge old-style bills

      The digital revolution has created new opportunities for consulting firms with more services to offer and more ways to...

    5. November 10, 2014

      Engaging the next generation of talent is the big challenge for consultancy firms

      Technological advances and an ageing workforce are changing the nature of work – and with it the recruitment patterns of the...

    6. November 2, 2014

      80% of fiduciary contracts not assigned on competitive basis

      The UK pension industry faced further criticism after research revealed that 80 per cent of lucrative fiduciary management...

    7. October 23, 2014

      Co-op Bank managers blamed for doomed Lloyds branches deal

      The Co-operative Bank’s failed bid for hundreds of branches from Lloyds Banking Group should have been stopped much earlier,...

    8. October 21, 2014

      KPMG hopes cloud software will win over SMEs

      KPMG, the audit firm that serves 24 of the FTSE 100 companies, is fighting to win business from faster-growing small and...

    9. October 17, 2014

      Icy weather may scupper German drone mission to Ukraine

      Germany may not be able to fulfil its offer to send drones to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as the model of...

    10. October 15, 2014

      Veteran Deutsche banker to join KPMG

      A veteran in corporate broking at Deutsche Bank is returning to his roots at KPMG as the Big Four accountancy firms continue...

    11. October 15, 2014

      Most UK family-owned companies shun rapid growth

      Only one in 12 of the UK’s family-owned companies has plans to expand aggressively over the next five years, suggesting they...

    12. October 14, 2014

      Afren fires CEO for gross misconduct

      Afren, the Nigeria-focused oil producer, is to pursue the return of more than $17m in secret payments made to its former...

    13. October 14, 2014

      Warm September weather hits UK retailers

      High street shops had their worst month in September for more than five years as they struggled to sell woolly jumpers and...

    14. October 12, 2014

      The Academic Week Ahead

      Monday – Oct 13 Plan a trip The Global Network for Advanced Management is running Global Network Week. More than 300...

    15. October 10, 2014

      Vodafone wins rare legal victory in Indian tax dispute

      Vodafone has won a long-running Rs30bn ($490m) Indian tax dispute, providing a rare spot of good news for a company that has...

    16. October 6, 2014

      Ursula von der Leyen vows to tackle Germany military budget

      Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defence minister, on Monday pledged to get a grip on Germany’s military equipment budget...

    17. October 1, 2014

      KPMG gains legal services licence

      KPMG has received a licence that will formalise its foray into the legal profession, the latest of the “big four” to take...

    18. FT Alphaville

      September 25, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Ukraine — call the sovereign debt cops: Joseph directs us to an announcement by the...

    19. September 25, 2014

      Revised audit rules prompt shake-up of a generation

      The accountancy profession is at a turning point. The business model of the biggest players is being turned on its side by...

    20. September 24, 2014

      Barclays shows signs of recovery from a nasty case of Qatar

      Is the Serious Fraud Office’s pursuit of Barclays over its 2008 capital raising petering out? The UK’s underfunded fraud...

    21. September 24, 2014

      KPMG helps staff up property ladder with mortgage move

      KPMG has joined forces with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks to give its employees a leg up on to the London property ladder,...

    22. September 23, 2014

      Why scrutinising retailers is so tricky

      Auditing a retailer is a complex exercise and one that leaves plenty of room for interpretation. For Tesco, which has...

    23. September 17, 2014

      How email dominates the working day

      The growth in email use over the past decade has, it seems, been unstoppable. For example, Radicati Group, a technology...

    24. September 1, 2014

      KPMG boosts ranks of female partners

      KPMG has claimed it is making progress on raising the number of women it has at a senior level, with the appointment of 52...

    25. August 24, 2014

      Big Four step up services to hedge funds

      The Big Four global accountants are stepping up their services advising hedge funds as they seek to capitalise on a sector...

    26. beyondbrics

      August 12, 2014

      India REITs approval seen as big boost to property sector

      The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) gave its final approval this week for Real Estate Investment Trusts...

    27. August 12, 2014

      UK retail sales weaken as supermarket price war hits food trade

      UK retail sales weakened for the second month running in July as the supermarket price war and continued low food inflation...

    28. August 8, 2014

      Fall in candidates and rising vacancies push up UK starting pay

      A record drop in the availability of permanent candidates, combined with a rise in job vacancies, is pushing up starting...

    29. July 30, 2014

      Scottish businesses lack Yes vote plan

      Fewer than one in five businesses in Scotland have considered making plans for a Yes vote in September’s referendum on...

    30. July 28, 2014

      L’Oréal make-up goes virtual for selfie age

      Make-up Genius app: how it works L’Oréal’s board meeting last month turned into a raucous affair when Jean-Paul Agon, chief...

    31. July 24, 2014

      Car parts supplier Unipart Automotive goes into administration

      Embattled British car parts supplier Unipart Automotive has gone into administration just weeks after it scrambled to secure...

    32. July 15, 2014

      UK shop sales slow unexpectedly in June

      UK retail sales weakened unexpectedly in June, fuelling suspicions that the economy may be growing at a slower pace than at...

    33. July 13, 2014

      Feedback: Big Four backlash

      Michael Skapinker’s column last week, ‘Hong Kong Big Four get rule of law wrong’, argued that the Hong Kong arms of PwC,...

    34. July 9, 2014

      The Hong Kong arms of the Big Four have got the rule of law wrong

      The Hong Kong arms of the Big Four accountants, in their recent advertisement, attacked the pro-democracy Occupy Central...

    35. July 8, 2014

      Unipart Automotive closes in on rescue deal

      Unipart Automotive is close to securing a rescue deal that will save the British car parts supplier from a bankruptcy that...

    36. July 8, 2014

      Skills shortage leads to sharp rise in UK starting salaries

      Starting salaries for permanent staff grew at their fastest rate for at least 17 years last month as employers struggled to...

    37. July 4, 2014

      Patten attacks China over Hong Kong judiciary remarks

      Chris Patten, the former British governor of Hong Kong, has waded into a heated debate about the territory’s relationship...

    38. June 27, 2014

      Big four accounting firms warn Hong Kong over democracy push

      The big four global accounting companies have taken out press advertisements in Hong Kong stating they are “opposed” to the...

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