Westminster Business Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
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Preventing future failures in auditing and financial reporting - the new regulator, ensuring standards and the future shape of the auditing market

December 2019

This conference will assess the future of financial reporting in the UK.

It comes as the audit sector, business leaders, and those who produce financial reports come under increased scrutiny and political pressure following a number of recent corporate failures.

It also comes at a time of uncertainty around the future for proposed reforms, including:

Speakers and chair

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Alistair Thompson, Director of Remedies, Business and Financial Analysis, CMA; and
  • Robert Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Technical, ICAEW. 

Further confirmed speakers include: Hywel Ball, EY; Caroline Escott, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association; David Gordon, Institute of Directors; Leon Kamhi, Hermes Investment Management; Scott Knight, BDO; Natasha Landell-Mills, Sarasin & Partners; Maggie McGhee, ACCA; Michelle Meagher, University College London; Professor Atul Shah, University of London; and Professor Prem Sikka, University of Sheffield.

The chair is Carlos Martín Tornero, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor.

The agenda

  • The future for the UK audit market - key findings and next steps following the CMA’s market;
  • Priorities for the regulation of financial reporting;
  • The future shape of the auditing market following the CMA’s market study - the operational split, resilience and market competition;
  • Ensuring the quality of financial reporting - standards, transparency, and establishing the scope of audits; and
  • Establishment of the new regulator - scope and remit, the effectiveness of new powers in preventing future corporate failures, and the impact on stakeholders.

Engagement with policy officials and government agencies at this conference

As policymakers look ahead to developments in the new parliament, this Westminster Business Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the BEIS; Cabinet Office; CMA; DfT; HM Treasury; NAO; Northern Ireland Audit Office; Ofwat and the Wales Audit Office.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Business Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates