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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.


Time for a radical rethink on trainees

Alan Burnhams on the mismatch between need and delivery in training. Alan Burnhams is HR director at Clarke Willmott & Clarke. Times have changed for the law business in the UK – and it is a business. But very little has changed in the long-standing traditions and procedures for training solicitors. However, the conventions that […]

It’s been a bad week for…

Kamlesh Bahl (when is it ever a good week for her?). The fallout from the Demon verdict reached Bahl’s website when her service provider shut down her site after a complaint that it contained defamatory comments. The site contained legal opinions from Cherie Booth who concluded that the Law Society’s investigations were open to legal […]


Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan has become Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s first litigation partner in London after helping set up Weil Gotshal & Manges in the UK. Matheu Swallow meets the woman who likes to be in control. Michelle Duncan, the first litigation partner at US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft’s London office, is something of an accidental […]

The Firm

Minutes of an extraordinary meeting between Tom Henderson and Jack Pratchard to discuss potential new partners at The Firm. Henderson: So Jack, it’s that time of year again and we can’t carry on using that dodgy French ruse of not promoting anyone. At the rate we’re losing partners there’ll soon be only you, me and […]


Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was – you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City […]

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