If you watch the Work & Pensions Committee inquiry on 30 Jan 2018 re Carillion, you will be witnessing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in action. The government uses ADR to settle disputes rather than going to court. The committee will be deciding the punishment – not a court. (See slide 2).
The big four accountancy firms KPMG, PwC, EY, and Deloitte are also being questioned about any involvement they have had with Carillion over the past ten years.
Each of the big four accountancy firms is a ‘Professional Services Network’ whereby each outlet is not a branch of the firm, but is a separate legal and independent entity. Therefore, if a KPMG outlet has been involved in any wrong doing, it does not legally affect any other KPMG outlet, nor does it affect the KPMG headquarters in Switzerland.