Reforms to the Market for Audit and Assurance Services in the Period after the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from the UK

Kend, M and Basioudis, I 2018, 'Reforms to the Market for Audit and Assurance Services in the Period after the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from the UK', Australian Accounting Review, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 589-597.


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Title Reforms to the Market for Audit and Assurance Services in the Period after the Global Financial Crisis: Evidence from the UK
Author(s) Kend, M
Basioudis, I
Year 2018
Journal name Australian Accounting Review
Volume number 28
Issue number 4
Start page 589
End page 597
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract The global financial crisis (GFC) had little effect on audit practices in Australia, as the country was largely sheltered from the GFC. The UK and Europe, which had experienced significant reforms to audit, were not sheltered from the GFC and regulators and law makers were pressured to take further action. The key UK and European audit reforms included the expanded auditors' report, disclosures on materiality thresholds, restrictions on non‐audit services, more powers for audit committees and mandatory firm rotation by auditors. The aim of this exploratory research study is to obtain the views of relevant stakeholders in relation to the benefits and costs of the recent UK audit reforms and the new EU Audit Directive (July 2016), and via a synthesis of these results and a review of the relevant Australian accounting literature, consider whether there is scope for Australia to adopt similar reforms to audit services. The study finds that there are significant reforms to auditing that have benefited the UK audit profession, and an open debate in Australia needs to be considered regarding the need for similar reforms. The study suggests a need for a proactive approach to audit reform and this lends support to recent findings from Australian accounting research studies.
Subject Auditing and Accountability
DOI - identifier 10.1111/auar.12211
Copyright notice © 2017 CPA Australia
ISSN 1035-6908
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