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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.


Law centre first victim of franchising deadline

A Catch 22 situation has placed North Lewisham Law Centre in danger of becoming the first victim of the deadline for legal aid franchising – condemned as “too tight” by legal aid practitioners and the Law Society. The centre has not yet applied for a franchise – the deadline for which is 31 December – […]

In brief: Tougher requirements for legal aid franchises

Firms bidding for legal aid franchises will have to meet tough new requirements under plans published last week by the Legal Aid Board. The revised specifications include new standards regarding the supervision of legally aided work and the setting of a minimum number of files that firms have to review at certain intervals. There are […]

Suicide triggers alarm over stress levels

A highly regarded and long standing adviser to the Law Society has committed suicide amid growing alarm about the stress faced by solicitors. Mystery surrounds why Andrew Williamson, sole principal of Nottinghamshire firm Williamsons, took his life, but his death comes only weeks after a report showed that solicitors suffered more stress than junior doctors. […]

Human rights on trial

Chris Fogarty and Richard Tyler look at the case of a British lawyer who is locked up in Portugal and another who is acting as a United Nations observer in Sierra Leone Months locked in an overcrowded Portuguese prison cell have allowed Professor David Lowry plenty of time to reflect on the bitter irony of […]

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 […]

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