Accounting & Finance

5 August 2021

The FRC’s Annual Enforcement Review 2021: key trends and future concerns

The Financial Reporting Council (the ‘FRC’) has published its Annual Enforcement Review 2021 (the ‘review’). We highlight the key trends in relation to the Enforcement Division’s activities during the past year, observations in relation to the FRC’s adoption of constructive engagement as a means of early resolution of matters, trends regarding sanctions imposed by the FRC, and priority areas of concern identified by the FRC, which are likely to impact its enforcement work over the coming year.

Julie Matheson

1 March 2021

Audit reviews: the process, pitfalls and published themes – a focus on FRC Audit Quality Reviews

In the second blog of our audit series, Julie Matheson and Sarah Harris discuss the FRC’s recent Audit Quality Inspection report, describe how the FRC uses its powers to uphold audit quality and provide some tips on what to do if the FRC opines that one of your firm’s audits needs more than limited improvements.

Julie Matheson

2 February 2021

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – can UK qualified accountants still work in the EU?

Julie Matheson and Lucinda Soon consider the implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on UK accountants providing services in the EU. 

Julie Matheson

12 November 2020

Insolvency Practitioners: the regulator’s reach is wide when it comes to integrity

It goes without saying that Insolvency Practitioners must behave honestly and with integrity in all their professional dealings.  IPs must handle money and assets in a way which justifies the trust placed in them, but some professionals don’t realise that the way they behave on a Saturday night may be just as relevant to their ability to continue in their chosen profession as the way they behave on a Monday morning.   

Julie Matheson

3 November 2020

The ICAEW’s new guidance on reporting misconduct: a wider net

In October the ICAEW updated its Guidance on the Duty to Report Misconduct.  The ICAEW first issued Guidance on this topic way back in 1993.  While amendments have been made since then to update references to legislation, bye-laws and guidance, this is the first wholesale re-issue.  So what’s changed?  The fundamental principle that it’s in the public interest to report matters which, if left unreported, could adversely affect the reputation of the profession, remains the same .  However, there are some quite significant changes to the detail of what should be reported, reflecting a shift in attitudes since 1993 in the requirements and expectations of professionals. The new Guidance adds to this the need to report matters which, if left unreported, could adversely affect the reputation of the ICAEW, as the regulator.

Julie Matheson

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