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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.


Freshfields Germany revolts over elections

Dozens of Frankfurt partners voice protest over democracy in management vote A cabal of German partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has staged an unprecedented protest over proposals for the selection of the firm’s senior partners. The Lawyer can reveal that up to 35 German partners added their names to a paper that was handed to […]

Harbottles music head goes solo

Harbottle & Lewis has lost its highly-rated head of music Ann Harrison, who has left to set up on her own Harrison, who acts for individual recording artists in non-contentious matters, told The Lawyer that the majority of her clients will follow her, but refused to name specific artists. Her music department has acted for […]

YSG faces crisis as Law Society reviews funding

Fears for the future of the Young Solicitors Group have been raised after it emerged that the Law Society is planning to slash its annual grant from £40,000 to around £30,000. Under the terms of the Recognised Group Agreement, which was drafted in December but is currently under proposal, funding levels across all Law Society […]

Giant killer joins Carr & Ferrell

The lawyer who stood up to Microsoft has resurfaced at West Coast tiddler Carr & Ferrell and has already landed his first high-profile case After three years as a businessman, before which he was former head of the technology group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Gary Reback has returned to the law. Reback is […]

Success story?

When Freeserve was unhappy with Oftel's ruling on BT Openworld, it took the case to the CAT. But was its appeal a success? That depends on which way you look at it, says Robbie Downing

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