News May FRC launches investigations into KPMG and PwC over the audits of Eddie Stobart Logistics plc

FRC launches investigations into KPMG and PwC over the audits of Eddie Stobart Logistics plc

26 May 2020

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has commenced two investigations into the audits of Eddie Stobart Logistics plc for the years ended 30 November 2017 (KPMG) and 30 November 2018 (PwC).   
 
The investigations will be conducted by the FRC’s Enforcement Division under the Audit Enforcement Procedure.
 

Notes to editors:

 
  1. The FRC’s purpose is to serve the public interest by setting high standards of corporate governance, reporting and audit and by holding to account those responsible for delivering them. The FRC sets the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes and UK standards for accounting and actuarial work; monitors and takes action to promote the quality of corporate reporting; and operates independent enforcement arrangements for accountants and actuaries. As the competent authority for audit in the UK the FRC sets auditing and ethical standards and monitors and enforces audit quality.
 
  1. Past FRC Enforcement Outcomes can be found here.
 
  1. To meet its responsibility as the competent authority in respect of audit enforcement, the FRC operates the Audit Enforcement Procedure. This procedure applies to the investigation and sanctioning of breaches of the various requirements of the statutory auditors of Public Interest Entities (PIEs) and any other cases retained by the FRC including AIM companies with a market capitalisation in excess of €200m.
 
In brief, the stages of the Audit Enforcement Procedure are: 
 
  • Initial case examination and decision to investigate
  • Investigation
  • Decision by Executive Counsel as to whether to issue a Decision Notice (a notice with the findings and recommended sanction);
  • Referral to Enforcement Committee and decision by the Enforcement Committee whether to issue a Decision Notice; and
  • Referral to a Tribunal
  • In order for a matter to be referred for investigation by the FRC’s Executive Counsel under the Audit Enforcement Procedure, the FRC’s Conduct Committee is required to decide whether there is good reason to investigate an Allegation in relation to a Statutory Auditor and/or a Statutory Audit Firm.
 
Investigations are usually conducted by Executive Counsel and the Enforcement division. The FRC’s Conduct Committee may direct that the investigation is delegated to a Recognised Supervisory Body (RSB) which will provide an investigation report to the Executive Counsel so that (s)he may decide whether to issue a Decision Notice.
 
  1. All Press enquiries should be directed to:
 
  • Peter Timberlake, Senior Manager, Press & Digital, on telephone: 020 7492 2397/ 07718 086898, or email: p.timberlake@frc.org.uk.
  • William Boyack, Communications Manager, on telephone: 020 7492 2307/ 07480 210166 or email: w.boyack@frc.org.uk.
  • Rita Carolan, Communications Manager, on telephone: 020 7492 2395 or email: r,carolan@frc.org.uk.
 
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