Audit / CIPFA revoked as an audit qualifying body

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has revoked the recognition of CIPFA as an audit qualifying body, now that it no longer has any members who hold a CIPFA awarded audit qualification

Audit / FRC considers Carillion audit investigation

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has indicated it is considering an investigation into the auditing of government outsourcing specialist Carillion, which has gone into liquidation putting thousands of jobs and dozens of complex infrastructure projects at risk

Audit / Monitoring Group considers single board for ethics and assurance standards

A roundtable discussion held by The Monitoring Group of its proposed overhaul of the global audit standard setting process revealed broad support for a potential restructure

Audit / PwC facing two-year auditing ban in India

PwC is facing a two-year ban from auditing listed companies in India, following a probe by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) into the 2009 accounting scandal at one of the firm’s clients, Satyam Computer Services, which became known as ‘India’s Enron’

Audit / KPMG quits Grenfell Inquiry role over audit conflicts

 KPMG is standing down from its role as project management adviser to the Grenfell Inquiry with immediate effect, after concerns were raised about the Big Four firm’s auditing contracts for some of the organisations under investigation over their role in the fire in the tower block in June last year, which claimed 71 lives

Accounting / FRC issues agenda for 2018/19 priorities meeting

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has set the date for the 2018/19 priorities meeting where it will set out its key objectives and work plan for the next 12 months

Audit / PwC criticised over auditing ‘negligence’ in $2bn US bank fraud

PwC has been criticised in a US court over the firm’s failure to uncover a $2bn (£1.47bn) fraud at Colonial Bank, which subsequently collapsed in 2009, in a case brought by the bank’s receiver Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) which may open the way for compensation claims

Audit / PCAOB fines Grant Thornton $1.5m for quality control violations

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has announced a $1.5m (£1.11m) settlement with Grant Thornton in the regulator’s first ever findings of quality control violations at a domestic global network firm, along with identified audit failures

Audit / Audit updates: January 2018

In our monthly roundup of developments in audit and governance, Clarke sanctions review could see Big Four face £10m-plus regulatory fines, FRC admits to HBOS failures, corporate governance code set to cover AIM companies

Audit / Marstons calls time on PwC and opts for KPMG

British brewery and pub operator Marstons has chosen KPMG as auditor, following a formal tender process to replace PwC, who has held the role since 1963

Audit / FRC updates guidance for auditors on preliminary announcements

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published revised guidance for auditors when agreeing to the publication of preliminary announcements, which has been updated to reflect the need for all price sensitive communications to be ‘fair, balanced and understandable’

Audit / Auditors need to ensure climate risk reporting up to standard

International charity ClientEarth is warning auditors who fail to take adequate account of climate-related risk reporting requirements could find themselves facing regulatory and legal challenges

Audit / Kingston Smith in pioneering artificial intelligence move

Kingston Smith is to be the first European adopter of an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solution to improve audit analytics, supplied by Canadian fintech start-up MindBridge Ai which has also completed trials of the technology with the Bank of England

Audit / Morris: rotation exposes auditors to increased risk of claims

Mandatory tendering and rotation in audits could leave auditors increasingly open to claims against them, up to and including negligence, says partner at law firm RPC Rob Morris

Accounting / FCA consults on firms’ transition to senior managers’ regime

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on its proposals outlining how firms and individuals will convert to the senior managers and certification regime which aims to make individuals more accountable for their conduct in financial services