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The accountant and Al Capone

The story of how forensic accounting brought down one of America’s most famous Gangsters Al Capone famously said that “you can get more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone”. But when it came to catching him, all it took was diligent and skilled forensic accounting, explains Tristan Yelland.

Investigations: new forensic accounting podcast

This Investigations podcast series looks at the complex role of the forensic accounting investigator. Grant Thornton speaks to prominent investigators who have grappled with a variety of situations to understand the key lessons they’ve learned, what propelled them to be where they are today and the advice they’d pass on to their younger selves.

Duty to report under Article 74 FinIA – planning tool for FINMA or (maybe) more?

FinIA has consolidated the authorisation regime for all financial institutions (except for banks which remain to be regulated under the Banking Act) and has extended this regime to independent asset managers and trustees. Even though the new law provides for a smooth transitional period enabling financial institutions to cope with the new regulation, asset managers and trustees now falling under the new regime are or have been required to file a report with the Swiss regulator FINMA. This article outlines the duty to report and its consequences.

Reducing UK emissions: 2020 progress report to Parliament

The Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 report to Parliament calls on the government to redouble its efforts and expands on its May 2020 advice to the Prime Minister in which it set out the principles for building a resilient recovery. The report highlights five clear investment priorities.

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Quote of the week

“I knew the deputy court judge was a Freemason because we are in the same lodge, but the idea that I would dismiss an appeal [against his ruling] because he was a fellow member of my lodge is ridiculous.” – Lord Millett on a European case where a litigant is attempting to “upset a will” […]

Paisners loses head of employment to KLegal

KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountancy practice KPMG, has poached one of London’s leading employment lawyers. Stephen Levinson, who has been a partner at City firm Paisner & Co for 21 years, is head of employment at the firm. He is the third head of department to join KLegal from a City […]

Dibbs in merger talks with Amsterdam firm

Dibb Lupton Alsop is in advanced talks with Dutch practice Schut & Grosheide about joining its European alliance and a possible merger. The firms have been in discussions for about four months. They aim to strike a deal in the next few weeks which will see the Amsterdam firm link up with D&P, Dibbs’ European […]

Woolf reforms fail to deliver on costs claims new survey

The Woolf reforms have failed to deliver the cuts in litigation and costs that they were designed to achieve, says a new report. Four out of five FTSE 1000 companies surveyed believe that levels of litigation have not been reduced by the reforms, while three in five say that they have not saved money when […]

A witness to great change

Paul Clements reports on how the Civil Procedure Rules are affecting the way solicitors instruct expert witnessess. Paul Clements is head of litigation and dispute resolution at Radcliffes. Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules has created a completely new environment for the production and admissibility of expert evidence in civil litigation. The most innovative […]

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