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Insight / CIOT revises Chartered Tax Adviser exams and opens up eligibility criteria

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has overhauled the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) examinations to ensure that the CTA continues to be as relevant as possible to the needs of tax professionals, and has removed the 'confirmation of eligibility' requirement

Insight / People in the news: Moore Stephens Intl, ICAS, BDO, PwC, Quantuma, MHA Carpenter Box

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, ICAS chief executive steps down to join Moore Stephens International, new trainees at BDO, Creasys and MHA Carpenter Box, Quantuma hires insolvency specialist and Ian Kenyon named first CFO of new UK Research and Innovation body

Insight / Jon Davies Accountants sets up Liverpool practice

Established Merseyside accountant Jon Davies has set up an accounting practice based in Liverpool, with a team of four senior client managers

Insight / Farnell: when is an accountant not an ‘accountant’?

Hiring an accountant is not always as transparent as one might think as anyone can say they are an accountant, regardless of whether they have specific institute endorsed qualifications. Sean Farnell, partner at Burgis & Bullock, says it is high time this shoddy state of affairs was reviewed and calls for tighter controls on who can call themselves an accountant

Tax / Catax and Croner Taxwise sign joint venture to cross-sell services

Specialist tax relief company Catax has signed a joint venture with fee protection insurance provider Croner Taxwise, a subsidiary of Peninsula Business Services Group, in a move to broaden its reach across the accountancy profession

Tax / Farming: prospects post-Brexit - part 4

With the prospect of Brexit less than two years away, for the first time in more than 40 years, the UK can create its own farming policy. National Farmers Union chief economics adviser Dr Andrew Francis considers the pros and cons of a new tariff environment for the farming community and their tax advisers

Insight / GDPR: what does it mean for businesses?

Next May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force, across the EU including the UK, and will be a game-changer in how organisations store, secure and manage personal data, says Ian Kilpatrick, executive VP cyber security for Nuvias Group

Insight / People in the news: KPMG, Carter Backer Winter, Milsted Langdon FS

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, KPMG announces the lead for its commercial mobility function, CBW expands its tax team in London, Milsted Langdon Financial Services has a new wealth management adviser, and Ferguson Litigation Funding has a new business development and client care specialist onboard

Insight / Majority of accounting firm bosses rated 'good' or 'excellent'

A survey of UK bosses found that 61% of those working in professional services including accounting and law firms are positive about their bosses although one in 10 (9%) were slated as 'poor' managers, showing that bad management habits still pervade certain firms, although accountants were some of the best performing managers

Insight / Rathbones pulls out of Smith & Williamson merger talks

Talks over a proposed £2bn merger between fund management firm Rathbone Brothers and Smith & Williamson have ended with no deal struck, reports Calum Fuller

Insight / Tips and advice on how to deal with complaints

Although customer complaints can come as a surprise, it is important to remain calm throughout the process, explains Gemma Carson, head of dispute resolution at law firm Wright Hassall, while providing advice on how accountants can deal with complaints effectively 

Insight / Baldwins scoops up Pullan Barnes Chartered Accountants

Baldwins Group has mopped up another accountancy firm with the acquisition of Durham-based Pullan Barnes Chartered Accountants, bringing on a team of 15 staff and two partners in the deal

Insight / Public procurement process locking out smaller firms, says FSB

Small businesses are failing to grow their share of public sector contracts with the latest figures from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), showing a fall in SME marketshare to 23%, far short of the government's target to ensure SMEs win a third of these contracts

Insight / Underwood: cavalier HR approach at smaller accounting practices

Accounting practices with fees of on average £500,000 through to £2m are encountering difficulties in managing, developing, recruiting and retaining employees and also in providing a good working environment for their employees. Keith Underwood, managing director of Foulger Underwood, looks at the reasons for an HR vacuum at smaller firms 

Insight / Top 25 survey 2017: UK outlook for global accounting networks

The UK accounts for 10% share of global fee income from the global networks and associations with total UK revenue hitting $18.8bn, up from $18.2bn year on year, although the market has been hit by the 14% drop in sterling value compared to the dollar due to the Brexit vote, reports Rachel Willcox