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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.


Shoosmiths joins mortgage giant

Shoosmiths & Harrison has broken new legal ground by joining with Barclays Mortgages to pilot a new conveyancing service for home buyers. For months, title insurers and solicitors’ organisations such as Solicitors Property Centres have been trying to get lending institutions to enter joint ventures. But Shoosmiths appears to have beaten them by being the […]

Discerning the consumer's taste

Roger Pearson looks at case which raised the question of whether design should be judged through the consumer’s or the trader’s eyes In a recent challenge to the validity of a registered design, before Mr Justice Laddie in the Chancery Division, cafetiere manufacturer, Bodum, sought deletion of a design registration held by Household Articles, of […]

In brief: Women challenge Treasury appointments

The Association of Women Barristers is considering challenging the way the Attorney General, John Morris QC, appoints Treasury Counsel in the courts. Such a move would echo solicitor Jane Coker’s sex discrimination claim against the Lord Chancellor’s Department over Lord Irvine’s appointment of Garry Hart as an adviser.

LAB investigates immigration appeals

The Home Office has instructed the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to investigate the issuing of legal aid for judicial reviews in immigration cases. The Lawyer understands that Home Secretary Jack Straw is concerned that too many immigrants are receiving legal aid to seek reviews against government decisions to expel them. The LAB is scrutinising 200 […]

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