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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.


This is no 'get rich quick' scheme

Last week, the president of the Law Society accused our industrial tribunals of collaborating in a “racket”. This accusation, if true, would be a serious indictment of our system of justice. Fortunately, it is not true, indeed it is rooted in a profound misunderstanding of the issues and presents a deeply distorted picture. Martin Mears […]

Could Mudge Rose have been rescued?

WITH less than three months to go until the doors slam shut on yet another US law firm, the New York legal market has again become flush with attorneys looking for new professional homes. In the weeks surrounding its 2 October dissolution decision 126-year-old Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon released almost 200 lawyers onto […]


Make a Will Week raises its profile

Making or not making a will, can have dramatic consequences. The recent dispute over the will of actress Jill Bennett may be considered fortunate timing as ‘Make a Will Week’ looms. In this case one solicitors firm denied liability for negligence in not having her will executed. The Bennett case follows an action – White […]

In brief: Theodore Goddard comes clean

City firm Theodore Goddard has come top in the Clean City Awards. Organised by the Corporation of London, the awards are designed to encourage businesses to look at how they manage their waste and help make the City a safer, cleaner and more pleasant place. Receiving the award at a Guildhall ceremony, Simon Stubbings, managing […]

Ex-barrister takes helm at Wragges

FORMER barrister Quentin Poole has been named as the new managing partner of Birmingham firm Wragge & Co, 14 years after switching to the solicitor’s profession. Poole takes over from Christopher Hughes who returns full-time to the corporate department. Hughes, described by Poole as one of the region’s “hard-hitters”, previously held the post for two […]

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