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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.


Olswang breaks through £500K profit benchmark

Olswang breaks through £500K profit benchmark” />Olswang has crashed through the £500,000 barrier for average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the first time since 2000. The firm’s turnover, which six years ago stood at £35m, has mushroomed to £77m, a growth of 22.5 per cent in the last financial year. Average PEP provisionally stands […]

Life with Sugar is sweeter than the law for Mountford

Today Margaret Mountford is a household name. But the former Herbert Smith partner, who shot to fame after starring in the hit BBC2 TV show The Apprentice with Amstrad tycoon Sir Alan Sugar, says she “absolutely hates” being recognised all the time. Mountford is currently a non-executive director at Amstrad and is one of Sir […]

Paralegal qualification gets go-ahead from Government

The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The new BTEC in Legal Work, developed by the Institute of Paralegals, will be launched in schools and further education colleges in September. It will also be available as a distance learning course from […]

OC reshuffles management and Rendell gets London job

Osbourne Clarke has placed IT partner Simon Rendell in charge of its London office, after former head Tim Birt was elected senior partner. As part of the management reshuffle, Paul Gardner replaces Rendell as head of the firm’s commercial practice group. Gardner is a specialist in the video games and interactive entertainment industry. Simon Beswick, […]

Deals comment

Herbert Smith has drawn first blood in the race to win the real estate investment trust (Reit) war, securing the first public mandate to convert Hammerson from a listed company to a Reit. Herbert Smith scores reit coup with Hammerson deal Herbert Smith has drawn first blood in the race to win the real estate […]

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