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Did a disclaimer protect auditors from a claim made by a third party?By Philip Foster , Richard Stebbings
The High Court has struck out a claim made against an auditor on the basis that a reasonable disclaimer attached to an audit report did prevent a duty of care from arising under the tort of negligent misstatement to a third party.
Remuneration Code for banks, building societies and investment firmsBy Richard Miskella, Victoria Goode, Sara Cohen, Jonathan Carr
In December 2013 the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) (the bodies which took over the regulation of the financial services sector from the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) on 1 April 2013) issued a new Remuneration Code (“the New Code”) taking into account the requirements of the fourth amendment to the Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD4”). The remuneration requirements of CRD4 build on the remuneration requirements of the third amendment to Capital Requirement Directive (“CRD3”) which aimed to align remuneration principles in banks, building societies and investment firms across the EU and, in particular, to impose restrictions affecting the structure and timing of bonus payments including for example deferring entitlement to bonuses already earned by individuals.
Legal services opportunities for accountantsBy Clive Greenwood
Clive Greenwood has been quoted in an article exploring the new opportunities for chartered accountants in legal services - published on the 'economia' website.