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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.


Will county court bailiffs fail to collect?

With limited enforcement options and a lack of resources, county court bailiffs can only look forward to increased pressures as recession looms, writes Philip Evans. Philip Evans is secretary to the Certificated Bailiffs Association of England and Wales. Debt recovery is always a sensitive subject, but with a global economic downturn on the horizon and […]

In brief: Law Soc working party reports back on SIF

Law Society council member John Appleby is to unveil his working party’s report into the crisis facing the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) this Tuesday. As reported in The Lawyer, 9 December, Appleby wants to divide SIF into six separate funds, covering different areas of the law depending how risky the work is. However, The Lawyer […]

Straw ponders clean slate for murderers

Murderers, arsonists and armed robbers could have their criminal records wiped clean under proposals being considered by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw. Straw is considering setting up a Criminal Records Tribunal which would decide whether convicted felons, excluding sex offenders, warrant a second chance with a clean slate. Paul Cavardino, a policy director at the […]

Keeping up with US office politics

Richard Tyler talks to a leading US employment lawyer who warns that UK firms must toe the American legal line If the philandering US president, Bill clinton, had been running a company rather than a country, he would have been thrown out long ago, according to Philip Berkowitz, employment litigation partner at US firm Epstein […]

Clinton adviser to front Internet summit

PRESIDENT Clinton’s Internet adviser will be a key speaker at a summit on future regulation of the Internet to be held in London next week. US domestic policy development adviser Ira Magaziner will outline the US government’s position on electronic commerce and reform of the domain name system at the ‘Internet Executive Summit’ at Westminster’s […]

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