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By Austin Mitchell, Prem Sikka the home of Commons with co-author Austin Mitchell MP. The e-book is billed as a devastating critique of the “Big Five” accountancy agencies and the pro our bodies that keep an eye on them. ”In it, we are going to demonstrate how the large 5 accountancy corporations function cartels, launder funds, hinder enquiries and perform bribery at a global level.”

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Stuart Bell played a major role in securing Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and diluting audit firm liability. Within days of failing to secure a post in the 1997 Labour government he became a consultant to Ernst & Young. Upon becoming Secretary of Trade & Industry, Peter Mandelson scuppered the possibility of independent regulation for the accountancy industry. Within days of leaving office in controversial circumstances, he too became a consultant to Ernst & Young. Major firms also donate monies and services to political parties to secure favourable policy outcomes.

The late 1980s and the early 1990s brought more audit failures to public attention. Businesses such as Maxwell, British and Commonwealth, Polly Peck, Levitt Group, Coloroll, Barlow Clowes, Dunsdale, Air Europe, Maxwell, BCCI, International Signal and Control (ISC) and Sock Shop collapsed within a short time of receiving unqualified audit opinions. Once again, the crisis was mediated by blaming accounting practices. In 1990, the ASC was turned into the Accounting Standards Board (ASB). Its present chairperson is a partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

An official statement said that 40 "Arthur Andersen LLP [the US firm], an autonomous member firm of the Andersen Worldwide SC organisation, contracted with, performed the audits of, and signed the audit opinions on Enron's financial statements. Accordingly, Arthur Andersen LLP is the only proper defendant in claims relating to that audit opinion". John Ormerod, managing partner of Andersen in the UK, said: "Naming our firm as a defendant has no legal basis. uk; 9 April 2002. The third example is Barings.

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