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Accountancy firms plead for rules respite because of coronavirus

Top accountancy firms are calling for temporary respite from rules including mandatory audit firm rotation, physical inventory counting and accounts filing deadlines, arguing that the coronavirus outbreak had created “unprecedented challenges”.

Laura Ashley appoints PwC administrators

The company has appointed administrators from PwC, putting 2,700 jobs at risk, after struggling for several years.

GE urged to drop auditor KPMG following accounting missteps

An advisor to union pension funds in calling on General Electric Co. to drop KPMG as its auditor after a series of accounting missteps and strategic blunders rattled investor confidence in the one-time blue-chip company.

EY appoints audit chief to run UK and Ireland business

EY has picked its audit chief to run its UK business, continuing the Big Four’s woeful record of senior female leadership.

Long awaited audit reforms could start this year, says audit watchdog boss

The long-promised reform of the UK audit sector could start this year with voluntary changes by the Big Four accounting firms, the audit watchdog said today.

KPMG spins off pensions unit to avoid audit conflict risk

KPMG has completed the disposal of its pensions practice in the first significant sale of an advisory unit by a Big Four accountant to combat enhanced security on auditing conflicts.

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