Accountancy Newsletter March 2019

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Accountancy Newsletter March 2019

Published 20 March 2019

FRC v Sports Direct International Plc ("Sports Direct"): the latest regulatory challenge on privilege

Blockchain - are you engaged? 

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme - implications for professional defendants

Burgess v Lejonvarn (round 3) Professional not negligent in mates rate decision

In September last year, the FRC successfully obtained an order that an audit client disclose to the FRC privileged documents relevant to its investigation of the company’s auditor.

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Distributed ledger technology (“DLT”) is perhaps best known to date for its role in enabling the exchange of cryptocurrencies. However, its potential extends well beyond this.

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 On 1 January 2019, a two year disclosure pilot came into effect in the Business and Property Courts (B&PC) in England and Wales. It applies to existing and new B&PC proceedings where an order for disclosure has not previously been made.

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 Professionals who provide professional services gratuitously and without a contract owe a duty of care in tort to act with reasonable care and skill in respect of services they provide.

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“Is it time to build a new house?” 

Financial reporting – a new era beckons for professionals, directors and their insurers.

Court of Appeal provides welcome guidance on the application of SAAMCO in Manchester  Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP

Stoffel & Co v Maria Grondone (2018) - When is it illegality a defence to negligence? 

Two significant publications at the end of 2018 seem likely to transform financial reporting and its regulation. 

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Last year a claim against GT for £48.5M largely failed at trial, as the economic consequences of MBS entering into interest rate swaps were found to fall outside the scope of GT's duty. 

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 The illegality defence (also known as the doctrine of ex turpi causa) denies a claimant a legal remedy where his claim is based on his own illegal act. 

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Richard Highley

Richard Highley

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Julian Bubb Humfryes

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Francesca Muscutt

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Annabel Walker

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Rebecca Smith

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Suzanne Wharton

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Amy Beaumont

Amy Beaumont

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