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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 ride of your life

Any lawyer who has visited Mipim will know that getting a taxi outside the Martinez Bar at 4am can be nigh on impossible. But perhaps next year they can follow the lead of one banker attending the conference this year. Apparently, the aforementioned banker, desperate to get home , had to take drastic measures. He […]

Legal & General shake-up: Linklaters edges in on Slaughters’ turf

Linklaters edges in on Slaughters’ turf” />Slaughter and May will have to share its role with Linklaters as principal corporate adviser to Legal & General (L&G) following the completion of a radical review of the FTSE 100 insurance company’s UK law firm panel. Linklaters has won L&G as a new corporate client after scooping a […]

RAC slates proposals to raise small PI claim limit to £5,000

The RAC has hit out at recent proposals to raise the ‘small claims’ limit for personal injury work to £5,000. RAC Legal Services head Jonathan Gulliford said the plans, outlined recently by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, will seriously affect many people claiming compensation for injuries. “Raising the small claims limit is throwing the baby out with […]

Pinsent Masons denied access to Home Office ID card advice

The government is insisting that the ID cards bill being debated in the House of Commons today is compatible with human rights legislation. The government moved to confirm its position following revelations that it has banned the release of advice given to it by the attorney general Lord Goldsmith. The Home Office’s decision to ban […]

Going, going gong

Imagine the scene: you’ve just won one of the main prizes at a glittering awards bash; your celebrations are in full flight; your mates are congratulating you; your future is secure and life is sweet. Then BAM! You turn around and the worst has happened – someone’s nicked your gong. This was the drama that […]

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