Past Event

Cheques and the City

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Wednesday 23 July 2014

32-36 Loman Street
Lower Ground Conference Room B
London SE1 0EH

What’s behind the rise in pay for top lawyers and accountants and should we be concerned? 

Please join the High Pay Centre and panelists Professor Stephen Wilks (Professor of Politics Emeritus, Exeter University) and Andrew Clark (Deputy Business Editor, The Times) to discuss the remuneration patterns and influence of top UK accountancy and law firms.

Accountants and lawyers are supposed to play a vital role in regulating corporations. They ensure that accounts are honest and accurate and that companies operate within the boundaries of the law.  But can ‘magic circle’ law firms and the ‘big four’ accountants properly scrutinise major corporations when they depend on them for their revenues and the million-pound pay packages for their senior staff?

 The discussion will be followed by a dessert and wine reception.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Kathryn Nash at

Stephen Wilks is a Professor of Politics at the University of Exeter where he also served for four years as Deputy Vice Chancellor. From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and chaired its Research Strategy Board. He has written extensively on the politics, administration and enforcement of UK and European competition policy and has just finished writing a book about the political power of business.

Andrew Clark is deputy business editor of The Times. He was previously business editor of The Observer and he has worked for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Business and the Sydney Morning Herald. His areas of interest include transport, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and US business.