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Perceptions of auditor independence : UK evidence. / Beattie, Vivien; Brandt, Richard; Fearnley, Stella.

In: Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Vol. 8, No. 1, 1999, p. 67-107.

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Beattie, V, Brandt, R & Fearnley, S 1999, 'Perceptions of auditor independence: UK evidence', Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 67-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1061-9518(99)00005-1

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Beattie, V., Brandt, R., & Fearnley, S. (1999). Perceptions of auditor independence: UK evidence. Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, 8(1), 67-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1061-9518(99)00005-1

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Beattie V, Brandt R, Fearnley S. Perceptions of auditor independence: UK evidence. Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. 1999;8(1):67-107. doi: 10.1016/S1061-9518(99)00005-1

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Beattie, Vivien ; Brandt, Richard ; Fearnley, Stella. / Perceptions of auditor independence : UK evidence. In: Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. 1999 ; Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 67-107.

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