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Insight / Grant Thornton sees digital forensics and cyber investment as key for 2018

Head of top five accounting firm Grant Thornton UK LLP, Sacha Romanovitch talks to Accountancy’s Sara White about the firm’s annual results, strategic investments in digital forensics and financial services, and the importance of taking a global view of Brexit

Insight / Grant Thornton reports 6% drop in fee income to £500m

Grant Thornton UK LLP has reported a drop in fee income to £500m, down from £534m in 2016 due to a one-off cancellation of a major government funded contract, but profitability has improved as the number five accounting firm has strengthened various services lines, including forensic services

Insight / Prager Metis LLP snaps up Smallfield Cody

Accounting firm Prager Metis LLP has merged with Smallfield Cody & Co, a specialist firm based in London, which focuses on providing services to UK media and entertainment clients

Insight / Managing your accounting firm: lifestyle versus commercial approach

Choosing the optimimum way to manage and run an accounting practice is not a pure science, but there are two distinct approaches, either the commercially driven, revenue-led firm where fee income is a key driver to those who are looking for a more balanced lifestyle with shared responsibility for the business, says merger expert Keith Underwood

Insight / Baldwins swoops on Cassons Business Advisers

Acquisitive accounting firm Baldwins, has taken over chartered accountants Cassons Business Advisers LLP, a Manchester based practice with two offices in the north west and an estimated £4m in fee income

Insight / Late payment of fees: tips and advice

Late payment of fees remains one of the most frequently encountered problems faced by accountants hired as expert witnesses. Dr Chris Pamplin of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses explains what you can do to minimise the risks 

Insight / EY rated best accountancy firm for student leavers

Ten accountancy firms feature in a new ranking of the top 100 employers in the UK for school and college leavers, with EY leading the way in a table drawn up by RateMyApprenticeship

Insight / Scottish financial services firms target women returners

Seven top Scottish employers including RBS, Standard Life Aberdeen and Prudential, have signed up to a government-funded programme to help professional women get back into skilled financial services jobs after an extended career break

Insight / Mercer & Hole launches expert witness service

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants has set up an expert witness service, to provide support giving evidence and opinion on business valuation, professional negligence and divorce cases

Insight / Tips and advice: preparing your accounting practice for sale

When accounting firms look to sell their business, it is essential to profile and prepare the business ready for a sale, from the critical financial data to softer information about management structure, client base and staffing splits, advises Keith Underwood, managing director of merger experts Foulger Underwood

Insight / Raising finance for business: tips and advice

Lots of businesses want to raise funds and often they will turn to their accountant for help in the first instance. Clive Hyman FCA of Hyman Capital Services provides a brief overview of the issues to consider from identifying finance sources, financial modelling and business valuations

Insight / CCH Daily Weekly News Alert - manage your preferences

Find out how to manage your preferences to ensure you receive a tailored newsletter with the essential tax, accounting and audit analysis every Friday afternoon

Insight / Wolters Kluwer sells CCH Information to Peninsula subsidiary Croner-i

Croner-i Ltd, a subsidiary of Peninsula Business Services Group, has acquired Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory following the sale of CCH Information, Accountancy magazine and Croner-i

Insight / Auto enrolment pensions will not provide adequate retirement income, warns ABI

The number of employees signed up to auto enrolment pensions has hit 7.5m but the low level of contributions by employees and employers is still too small to provide adequate future pension cover

Insight / CIOT revises Chartered Tax Adviser exams and opens up eligibility criteria

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has overhauled the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) examinations to ensure that the CTA continues to be as relevant as possible to the needs of tax professionals, and has removed the 'confirmation of eligibility' requirement