News The over-budget decontamination of Sellafield by the NMP consortium has been the subject of repeated criticism

‘This is a massive indictment of NMP’s failure to deliver’ says environmental consultant after reading letters written to clean-up consortium

Fears raised over close ties between RBS and top accountant KPMG

Steer clear of KPMG executives in hunt to replace Hester and Hampton, bank told

Watchdog signals move to curb power of top firms

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which is the accountancy watchdog, could be asked to try to foster competition in the audit market. The Competition Commission signalled this yesterday in its initial findings of a market review earlier this year.

Partner at KPMG faces 20 years for insider deals

The FBI investigated Shaw's links to London and bugged telephones

Data reveals top four auditors are improving

The proposed regulatory clampdown of the "big four" accountants' dominance over the listed audit market was undermined yesterday with findings that suggest a massive improvement in the quality of their work.

Pioneer fund HICL's sights on £100m buy

The country's first listed infrastructure fund, HICL, is understood to be mulling a tilt for a portfolio of socially driven projects.

Rugby league faces a major shake-up ahead of the 2015 season

Promotion set to return in Super League revamp

Two leagues may be split into three in mid-season in RFL restructuring proposals

FRC looks at KPMG status

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced it is looking at whether KPMG was independent when it audited Pendragon's financial statements for 2010 and 2011.

KPMG partner accused of selling information charged after FBI sting

Prosecutors in California have filed criminal charges against the former KPMG partner who was fired last week amid allegations of leaking confidential information about companies he audited.

James Moore: Were auditors carried away by the crazy optimism of bankers?

Outlook The accountancy firms responsible for the audits of this country's failed banks have yet to be hit by any serious aftershocks from the earthquake of the financial crisis. That might be changing, and not before time, because the issue represents the dog that hasn't barked.

Partner at KPMG linked to insider trading in US

KPMG has resigned as auditor ofthe US health care group Herbalife after one of its senior partners became embroiled in an insider trading scandal.

UK fashion stores feel the chill during a harsh winter

The harsh winter which saw snow fall in April led to a sales slump at fashion stores. The unseasonably near-Arctic weather hit the footwear sector hardest, according to the latest Retail Sales Monitor published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRT) and KPMG.

UK fashion stores feel the chill during a harsh winter

The harsh winter which saw snow fall in April led to a sales slump at fashion stores. The unseasonably near-Arctic weather hit the footwear sector hardest, according to the latest Retail Sales Monitor published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRT) and KPMG.

Metalrax sale saves 387 jobs

Almost 400 jobs have been saved after Metalrax, the Midlands-based maker of bakeware and kitchen accessories, was sold out of administration to the engineering group Bowman Birmingham.

Sigh of relief on the high street as trading levels climb to highest for three years

Trading on the high street bounced back strongly last month to its highest level for more than three years, giving retailers a much-needed fillip.

Big Four accountants 'in closed club on audits'

The Competition Commission has found that the audit market has "systemic" issues that have led to a closed club of the Big Four accountants dominating the sector.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system