EY is considering a global restructuring that could see it spin off the audit division from its advisory business. Yesterday, EY confirmed that it was in the “early stages” of separating its audit business from its consultancy arm.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has set out an ambitious vision for potential reform to the way companies list in the UK that aims to attract more high quality, growth companies and give investors greater opportunities. In a new paper, the FCA is continuing its discussion on how it can make th
A Shetlands-based company has been fined £80,000 after an employee sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a forklift truck. QA Fish Ltd, a fish processing company based at Blackness Pier, Scalloway, pled guilty to health and safety breaches committed between 6 January 2014 and 31 Janua
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to use new powers to more swiftly cancel or change what regulated activities firms are permitted to do. This new power is available following a change in the law allowing the FCA to streamline and shorten the removals process.
Hamilton man James McGee, a retired tax inspector who stole a dead man's identity to carry out a £170,000 VAT fraud, has been jailed for two and a half years. James McGee, 66, utilised his forty years of expertise to obtain false payments from HMRC.
The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a mail order company seeking repayment from HMRC of sums it claimed should have been regarded as recoverable VAT. Zipvit Ltd, which had mistakenly never been charged VAT for use of a special mail service provided by Royal Mail, argued that part of thei
Big Four firm KPMG is set to be fined £14.4 million after a Financial Reporting Council (FRC) tribunal found that its auditors deliberately misled regulators during routine inspections of its audit of collapsed government contractor Carillion. The £14.4m fine for KPMG would be the second
Peter Ferguson, a businessman from Dunfermline, has been banned from running companies over allegations he used a government Covid bounce-back loan for personal gain. The Insolvency Service imposed a six-year sanction on Mr Ferguson, 46, last week relating to his conduct in running Beautiful Digital
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is warning lenders and brokers to stop using misleading terms in their advertising or face regulatory action. The increased cost of living means that more people may take out loans. Marketing that does not give clear information and warnings about the potential
Foreign secretary Liz Truss has banned Russian businesses from using UK accountants as she announced new sanctions on Russia in wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions include a ban on services exports to Russia, cutting them off from doing business with UK sectors that are critical to the Ru
Members of Unite have embarked on strike action at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today in Edinburgh and London. This industrial action is the first action since the inception of the regulator. It follows many months of refusals by FCA management to listen to the concerns of their workforce.
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published new research, in conjunction with the UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner and Lancaster University, which has identified significant shortcomings in the quality of companies’ modern slavery reporting. The research looked at a sample of 100 major com
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is using emergency powers to prevent financial advice firms, who advised members of the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS), from disposing of assets to avoid paying compensation. The FCA has introduced these emergency rules, without consultation, in light of th
A review by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has found that challenger banks need to improve how they assess financial crime risk, with some failing to adequately check their customers’ income and occupation. The watchdog found that in some instances, challenger banks did not have financi