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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.


The Lawyer Inquiry: Jeremy Irwin-Singer

Jeremy Irwin-Singer was born in London in 1951. He is a partner at Linnells. What was your first job? Wringing chickens’ necks on a chicken farm in Wales. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u1,196 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become a TV presenter. What […]

Divorce is no place for 'nasty' lawyers

Leading playwright Terence Frisby believes that the legal profession is ill-equipped to deal with the emotive issues that surround divorce proceedings. It was when a member of staff at the Royal Courts of Justice held a door for me, touched his cap and said, “Morning, Mr Frisby”, that I realised something had gone seriously wrong […]

Clifford Chance in Korean liberalisation drive

Clifford Chance is spearheading an attempt to lobby the South Korean authorities for liberalisation of the country’s legal market. Foreign firms are currently forbidden from establishing permanent offices in the country or practising local law. James Walker, head of Clifford Chance’s Korea practice which is based in Hong Kong, says the firm recently persuaded EU […]

In brief: Condon attacks Jack Straw's spending plans

Sir Paul Condon, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has attacked Jack Straw’s u29m spending increase for the Metropolitan Police. He told The Lawyer: “This falls short of what we need to cover inflation and increases in police pay and pensions,” he said. The funding settlement is one per cent below the national average and could lead […]

Veteran campaigner stands for Bar vice-chairmanship

Robin de Wilde QC – the veteran campaigner for greater democracy at the Bar – is set to stand for vice-chairman of the Bar Council in this month’s elections. So far one barrister, Jonathan Hirst QC, has confirmed he will be standing. It is believed that two others, Julian Malins QC – who like Hirst […]

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