The Information Commissioner has said it will look into a leaked performance review of Grant Thornton’s outgoing chief executive.
The review of Sacha Romanovitch, the first female leader of a big City accountancy firm, was sent to newspapers by a group claiming to represent several Grant Thornton partners.
The group said she was failing to focus on profitability and was leading the accountant in the wrong direction.
An ICO spokesperson told City A.M: “We are aware of an incident at Grant Thornton UK LLP and are making enquiries.”
The company announced earlier this week that Romanovitch will step down once a successor has been found.
“We have agreed that the time is right for a new CEO to take the firm forward”, she said in a statement.
She did not reveal her reasons for leaving.
The company was caught up in the scandal around high street cake shop Patisserie Valerie which discovered a £20m hole in its books last week.
Accountancy watchdog the Financial Reporting Council, said last Friday it will look into the Patisserie Valerie case, and the company’s finance officer was arrested following the revelations.