Insight / People in the news: Mazars, Armstrong Watson, Bishop Fleming

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, Mazars appoints a managing partner in Scotland, a partner specialising in healthcare joins Armstrong Watson, Bishop Fleming gains a director of finance

Insight / Accountants and firms count on friends at work

The majority of accountants view work colleagues as friends and rely on them for personal and professional support, according to research from CV-Library which suggests there are also benefits to employers from a friendly workplace

Tax / Push to encourage take up of shared parental leave

The government has launched a new ‘Share the joy’ campaign promoting shared parental leave rights for parents, after discovering take up of the scheme could be as low as 2%

Audit / Auditors call for greater accountability in EU finances

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is calling for an increased emphasis on value added in the EU budget, along with more flexibility and transparency, and greater accountability

Insight / VAT fraud rings up 12-year disqualification for phone supplier

A director of an Oxford wholesale mobile phone company has been banned from running a business for 12 years for his part in a ‘carousel’ VAT fraud scheme

Insight / Baldwins in nationwide forensic accounting push

Baldwins accountancy group, a member of CogitalGroup, has launched a nationwide forensic accounting service, targeting cities with a concentration of legal services, with the aim of becoming one of the largest regional providers of forensic accounting services in the UK

Insight / Grunberg & Co launches dedicated China business desk

London firm Grunberg & Co has launched a dedicated China business desk to provide Chinese companies with a bridge through which they can interact and access business advice, in response to deepening trade ties between the two countries

Insight / Government response to the Taylor review: what you need to know

A Good Work plan was released last week by the government, accepting almost all of Taylor’s recommendations outlined in his report into working practices with a raft of consultations being released. Croner-i Human Resources outlines the key recommendations for worker rights, pay, sick pay, employment status and agency workers

Insight / FCA urged to act on pensions mis-selling

MPs are warning of a potential major pensions mis-selling scandal, after the work and pensions committee’s report on British Steel Pension Schemes (BSPS) found members have been ‘shamelessly bamboozled' into ongoing adviser fees and unsuitable funds, and called for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to take urgent action on defined benefit (DB) pension transfers

Insight / Security company director under lock and key for tax fraud

The director of a Gloucester security services company has been jailed for three years for a £497,000 tax fraud, following an investigation by HMRC

Audit / Scottish government childcare plans have ‘significant risks’

A flagship Scottish government policy to double early learning and childcare hours by August 2020 has come under fire from Scotland’s Audit Commission, which says the plans have ‘significant risks’ because of insufficient staffing levels, poor preparations and an estimated £160m funding shortfall

Insight / Financial services companies challenged to sign up to gender diversity

Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury committee, has written to over 30 firms in the financial services industry challenging them to sign up to the women in finance charter or explain the reasons why they have not done so, in a bid to increase the pressure to improve gender diversity in the sector

Insight / Draft guidance for charities connected with non-charitable organisations

The Charity Commission is consulting on draft guidance for charities on their relationships with connected non-charitable organisations, in the light of case reports received in recent years, and is seeking feedback on ways to improve the usability and effectiveness of the information provided

Tax / Ray McCann named CIOT president for 2018-19

CIOT has announced its team of officers for the coming year, with Ray McCann becoming the institute’s new president, marking the first former HMRC appointment to the post, with Accountancy contributor Peter Rayney among those taking the helm from May

Insight / 12-year ban for director over fake invoices

The director of an event management and production company has been banned for 12 years for submitting false invoices for VAT claims, including on the costs of his own wedding reception, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service