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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.


Splash course

Tulkinghorn considers ­himself to be one of the most environmentally friendly people he knows, on account of him not ­owning anything electrical, or moving much beyond his drawing room. But news has reached Tulkinghorn of an even greener legal figure. Susan Hazledine, the graduate recruitment partner at Allen & Overy, avoids all those nasty emissions […]

Judicial appointments diversity failure prompts calls for more solicitor input

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has reinforced its call for more women and black minority ethnic (BME) ­people to apply to become judges after five places in the latest competition were allocated to women but no BME person was given a seat. In total 22 people have been made up to the High Court bench, […]

Latham & Watkins poaches seven A&O Hong Kong partners

Latham & Watkins poaches seven A&O Hong Kong partners” />Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost a quarter of its Hong Kong office partners as seven corporate partners including its regional corporate head have defected to Latham & Watkins. The seven partners make up the majority of A&O’s corporate presence in Hong Kong and A&O fears […]

Cadwalader restructuring partner to join Latham

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has suffered its third defection since it laid off 96 lawyers in July this year. London restructuring partner Jackson Taylor has moved to Latham & Watkins one month after New York environmental litigator Andrew Perel left Cadwalader for Steptoe & Johnson. Earlier this year (26 August) The Lawyer reported on the […]


Opinion: Law firms need to take advantage of tough conditions

The current downturn is starting to bite hard on the legal profession following a near 15-year bull run. The position looks bleak, and this will be brought home when firms prepare first-half figures and realise that the second half will, for most, be worse. However, as always, firms that are well-positioned, well-run and in good […]

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