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Corporate reporting: Good governance leads to good disclosure

By Tony Cates, UK Head of Audit at KPMG
Much of the hoped-for debate around the future of corporate reporting is not about what is disclosed but about how it is disclosed and by whom. Indeed, you can’t expect good corporate reporting if the process is faulty. In other words, good governance is a prerequisite of good disclosure. We would argue that the process needs to change because the demands made upon preparers and auditors are changing. Continue reading

Quality needs to be at the heart of audit reform

By John Griffith-Jones, UK Chairman of KPMG LLP

When the European Union launched its plans to reform the audit market across 27 countries, the proposals referenced the word ‘quality’ no less than 113 times. Robust audits were held to be the key to re-establishing trust and market confidence following the 2008 financial crisis. Continue reading

Articulating the future: assurance for tomorrow’s world

By Oliver Tant, UK Head of Audit

I was interested to hear last week that the team behind New Scientist have launched a journal, Arc, focussing on what science and science-fiction can tell us about the future.  The editor of the first edition, Simon Ings, wrote in his blog: “We wanted to get past sterile ‘visions’ and dream up futures that evoke textures and flavours and passions.”  At a time when the professional services industry, in particular the auditing profession, is contemplating an uncertain future, I share Simon Ing’s desire to stimulate an appetising discussion on what lies ahead.  Here are some of the issues I’m aiming to look at in more depth in future blog posts: Continue reading


Putting up walls won’t improve audit quality

By Oliver Tant, UK Head of Audit

One of the most contentious audit reform proposals described in the European Commission press release ‘Restoring confidence in financial statements: the European Commission aims at a higher quality, dynamic and open audit market’ is that “large audit firms will be obliged to separate audit activities from non-audit activities in order to avoid all risks of conflict of interest.” Continue reading


The sense of a beginning?

By Oliver Tant, UK Head of Audit
I was delighted to hear that, having been shortlisted for the fourth time, Julian Barnes has been awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending.  It was described on the shortlist as “A truly wonderful novel that will have the reader immersed in the story from the very first page.” I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure, though I do spend an awful lot of time reading – it’s unavoidable, because listed companies’ annual reports get longer every year.

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