Carillion: MPs grill FRC chief executive over regulator's role


UK MPs investigating the collapse of Carillion gave Steve Haddrill, Financial Reporting Council (FRC) chief executive, a grilling over the regulator’s role in recent years.

In his evidence to the joint inquiry by the House of Commons’ Work and Pensions

Auditing: US SEC appoints new board members to PCAOB

Securities Exchange Commission PCAOB

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has appointed a new chairman and replaced all the members of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

The SEC appointed William Duhnke as chairman replacing Jim Doty along with  J. Robert …

Steinhoff CEO resigns as accounting irregularities emerge

Steinhoff accounting irregularities

Markus Jooste, the chief executive of the global retail group, Steinhoff, which owns Poundland, Bensons for Beds and Pep & Co in the UK, has resigned after accounting irregularities were uncovered at the company.

The company’s supervisory board has engaged …

Audit Round-up: FRC works to improve audit committee reporting


The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is looking to improve audit committee reporting in respect of company disclosures in annual reports and how auditors report information to audit committees, Melanie McLaren, executive director, audit and actuarial regulation division said in …

South Africa: Investors ready to oppose auditor re-appointments

South African auditor reappointments

Since announcing in June that a new mandatory auditor rotation rule would be introduced in 2023 South Africa’s Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) has surveyed the proxy voting results in respect of auditor re-appointments this year.

The IRBA said …

IBE paper: Ethical approach to financial reporting required

ethical financial reporting

Company boards, particularly the non-executive director members, need to ensure they take an ethical and value-led approach to financial reporting according to the latest paper from the UK’s Institute of Business Ethics.

The author of the report Guy Jubb, former …

FRC recognises improvements in audit quality

UK corporate reporting

The quality of auditing of larger companies has improved after targeted work by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) the regulator said. The FRC said the leadership of audit firms’ focus on, and investment in, improving audit quality, together with promoting …

UK’s FRC: More work is needed to improve audit quality for all companies

UK corporate reporting

The quality of audits of FTSE 350 companies in the UK has steadily improved over recent years, according to the latest audit reviews undertaken by the country’s regulator, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), however more work is needed to ensure …

BT accounting fraud: new controls and clawbacks expected

BT: Accounting irregularities revealed in Italian operation

Communications company BT has admitted improper accounting practices at its Italian subsidiary which resulted in overstated earnings over several years. BT is now conducting a broader review of financial processes, systems and controls across the company. BT’s remuneration committee will …

IOSCO pushes on international accounting standards and benchmarks


The International Organization  of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), which represents global financial regulators, has published a statement on implementation of new accounting standards related to revenue, financial instruments, and leases.

The three new International Financial Reporting (IFRS) Standards, issued by …