Accountancy Newsletter - July 2020 - DAC Beachcroft

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Accountancy Newsletter - July 2020

Published 15 July 2020

 

The FRC exercises Foresight – KPMG Decision Notice shows a radical development in FRC enforcement

 

 

 

The FRC has recently sanctioned KPMG in respect of the latter’s audit of an investment company, Foresight. The approach to sanctions is a departure from previous decisions. 

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Pre-action disclosure and Carillion: in what circumstances will an auditor be required to provide pre-action disclosure?

Carillion Plc v KPMG LLP & Anor [2020] EWHC 1416 provides helpful guidance on the Commercial Court’s approach to pre-action disclosure in the context of anticipated proceedings against auditors and other professionals.

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A v B, FRC: the next chapter on disclosure of an audited entity’s privileged documents to the FRC

This judgment provides welcome clarification on the legal procedure to follow when the FRC seeks disclosure of documents in the hands of its auditor, which the audit client claims are privileged.

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Accountants: no duty of care or fiduciary duty owed where professional had not assumed duty and was clearly acting for other party

 

Accountants were held not liable to a shareholder in connection with the demerger of a family business.

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FRC announces Principles for Operational Separation of audit practices

 

On 6 July 2020 the Financial reporting Council (FRC) announced the road map for the Big 4 Accountancy firms to achieve operational separation for their audit practices by 30 June 2024.

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The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act is now in force with measures to assist struggling businesses

 

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 came into force on 26 June bringing in measures to alleviate the burden on businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic and allow directors to focus their efforts on continuing to operate.

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Duty of care owed to overseas whistleblower

 

Rihan v Ernst & Young Global Limited and others

In this interesting case, a UK parent company was held to owe a duty of care to provide a safe professional working environment to an employee of its overseas member firm.

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Richard Highley

Richard Highley

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Rebecca Smith

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Kevin Hawthorn

Kevin Hawthorn

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