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Statement of members’ responsibilities

The Limited Liability Partnerships (Accounts and Audit) (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2008 (‘LLP Regulations’) require the members to prepare financial statements for each financial period. Under the LLP Regulations the members must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of EYNL and entities under control of EYNL as listed in Note 25 (hereafter: the Group) and EYNL and of the profit or loss of the Group and EYNL for that period. The members have elected to prepare financial statements for the Group and EYNL in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (IFRSs).

IAS 1 ‘Presentation of Financial Statements’ requires that financial statements present fairly for each financial period the limited liability partnership’s financial position, financial performance and cash flows. This requires the faithful representation of the effects of transactions, other events and conditions in accordance with the definitions and recognition criteria for assets, liabilities, income and expenses set out in the ‘Framework for the Preparation and Presentation of Financial Statements’. In virtually all circumstances, a fair presentation will be achieved by compliance with all applicable IFRSs. Members are also required to:
  • properly select and apply accounting policies consistently;
  • present information, including accounting policies, in a manner that provides relevant, reliable, comparable and understandable information;
  • provide additional disclosures when compliance with the specific requirements in IFRSs is insufficient to enable users to understand the impact of particular transactions, other events and conditions on the Group and EYNL’s financial position and financial performance; and
  • prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that EYNL will continue in business.
Under the LLP Regulations, the members are responsible for ensuring that adequate accounting records are kept which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Group and EYNL, and which enable them to ensure that the financial statements will comply with those regulations. The members have a general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the Group to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

The members’ responsibilities set out above are discharged by the designated members on behalf of the members. The designated members at the date of approval of the financial statements confirm that, so far as they are aware, there is no relevant information of which EYNL’s auditors are unaware and each designated member has taken all the steps that ought to have been taken by them to make themselves aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that EYNL’s auditors were aware of that information.

The Group and EYNL, which are part of the EY global network, have considerable financial resources, contracts with a large number of clients across different industries and geographies and have talented and motivated partners and employees. Information about its capital and exposure to liquidity risk is set out in notes 23 and 24 to the financial statements. The designated members believe that the Group and EYNL is well placed to manage its business risks successfully and have a reasonable expectation that EYNL has adequate resources to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future. Thus they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing the financial statements.