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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.


County court challenge

Leicester widow Merinda Lea, who claims she was subjected to undue influence to persuade her to put her house up as security on a loan for her former boss, has won the right to challenge a county court order for possession of her home. The county judge at Nottingham also ordered that Mrs Lea should […]

DPP reassures on disclosure

BARBARA Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has moved to reassure critics of the new criminal disclosure rules that they will not lead to miscarriages of justice. Mills last week told a conference organised by the British Academy of Forensic Sciences that the CPS and the police were working together to comply with the […]

Why give credit where credit isn't due?

Every law firm has just received a letter from Law Society president Tony Girling in which he reveals his delight in being “able to write to you with some really good news of a scheme which offers good practical support to solicitors and their clients”. During the past 12 months, solicitors have become accustomed to […]

Hackney escapes civil claim

Chris Fogarty reports Councils convicted of a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 are not liable for any further civil claims, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The decision in favour of Hackney Council in London means other local government organisations have escaped facing a potential avalanche of civil claims seeking damages for […]

A firm emphasis on good management

The concept of management is often seen as less of a priority in legal offices where fee-earning is seen as the key to success. But that may have to change with the long-planned – if not long-awaited – revision to practice rule 13. Following the Law Society standards and guidance committee meeting last week, which […]

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