Major British audit firms and their large corporate clients have faced a torrent of criticism about the volume of non-audit fees that they continue to generate.

A year ago, firms, clients and government alike were predicting that the ratio of non-audit to audit fees would scale down rapidly. However, the latest figures show that, although fees have fallen slightly, firms continue to reap a major consultancy harvest from their clients in the U.K.'s leading stock market index, the FTSE 100.

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