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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.


Slaughters concludes management reshuffle

Slaughter and May has completed its firmwide management reorganisation, with Chris Saul (right) taking over as head of corporate from Nigel Boardman. The changearound also includes a new head of finance in Andrew Balfour, who takes over from Richard Slater, while tax leader Steve Edge stepped down to be succeeded by Tony Beare. Elizabeth Barrett […]

Richard Meeran and Leigh Day & Co

Last week The Lawyer apologised in court to Richard Meeran and Leigh Day & Co for implying wrongly in an article published in December 2003 that they had been found guilty of sex discrimination. We have agreed to pay undisclosed damages to Mr Meeran and Leigh Day and their costs.

Legal Widow

The Lawyer had a big London project to close, and a great big expenses package to go with it, so he brought the whole family down and put us up in a hotel over Easter. This way he answers the constant whine of “You never take us to London!” and “Sophie’s been on the London […]

London lawyers score big in Lovells promotions

Lovells has announced the appointment of 15 lawyers to the partnership, with over half hailing from the London office. The promotions, announced yesterday, were evenly spread across practice groups, with the appointment of three partners from dispute resolution, two from corporate and two from banking. In London nine lawyers were admitted to the partnership. Beijing, […]

McNeives hooks up with music specialists

McNeive Solicitors and the London-based partners of UK entertainment firm Lewis Davis Shapiro & Lewit have merged to create a new media, entertainment and technology firm called Smiths. The new three-partner firm features internet expert Liam McNeive and music specialists Andrew Lewis and Paul Jones. The three met when McNeive was negotiating a record deal […]

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