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News December 2014 Investigation announced into PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in connection with Barclays Bank PLC's compl

Investigation announced into PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in connection with Barclays Bank PLC's compliance with the FSA client asset rules

22 December 2014

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The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has launched an investigation under its Accountancy Scheme into the conduct of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, auditors to Barclays Bank PLC, in relation to its role in reporting to the FSA on the bank’s compliance with the FSA’s client asset rules for the years ended 31 December 2007 to 31 December 2011. The decision to investigate follows the FCA Final Notice on Barclays Bank plc published on 23 September 2014. 

Notes to editors:

  1. The FRC is responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment.  We set the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes as well as UK standards for accounting, auditing and actuarial work.  We represent UK interests in international standard-setting.  We also monitor and take action to promote the quality of corporate reporting and auditing.  We operate independent disciplinary arrangements for accountants and actuaries; and oversee the regulatory activities of the accountancy and actuarial professional bodies.
  2. In relation to disciplinary matters, the FRC is the independent, investigative and disciplinary body for accountants and actuaries in the UK dealing with cases which raise important issues affecting the public interest. In brief, the stages of the disciplinary process are:
    • Decision to investigate
    • Investigation
    • Decision whether to bring disciplinary proceedings against Member Firm or Member and, if so decided, referral to Disciplinary Tribunal
    • Tribunal hearing
    • Determination and imposition of sanction and/or costs orders
  3. The FRC can start a disciplinary investigation in one of two ways: (i) the professional bodies can refer cases to the FRC; and (ii) the FRC may decide of its own accord to investigate a matter. The Conduct Committee will consider each case identified or referred to it and decide whether or not the criteria for an investigation are met.
  4. Investigations are conducted by Executive Counsel and the Professional Discipline team within the Conduct Division. If disciplinary proceedings are commenced, Executive Counsel delivers a complaint to the Conduct Committee. The Conduct Committee then instructs the Convener to appoint a Disciplinary Tribunal.

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