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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.


In brief: Question over TSG role in working parties

Details of the three presidential working parties to tackle conveyancing, communication and training are yet to be released. Lists of the candidates were presented to the Law Society Council on 21 September, but president Martin Mears said some members still had to be contacted to confirm their willingness to take part. He denied the delay […]

Tories under fire over divorce plans

THE GOVERNMENT has moved to quell fears among family lawyers over the availability of legal aid for parting couples under the divorce White Paper reforms. Alastair Burt, Social Security Minister, gave reassurances after the document came under fire during the Law Society fringe meeting at the Tory conference in Blackpool last week. He said legal […]

City firm takes Elite

Helen Sage reports City firm Charles Russell has signed contracts with specialist US software supplier Elite for the implementation of its new practice management system. The 230-staff firm plans to go live with Elite in June 1996 and is the smallest firm to make a commitment to the information system.

Names issue writ against Clyde & Co

Lloyd’s Names are suing Clyde & Co, a major legal player in the Lloyd’s insurance market in connection with one of the biggest pieces of Lloyd’s litigation to date. Clyde & Co said it will contest the action. The 4,000-member Sturge Names Action Group (Snag) is instructing Eversheds in this and other actions after collectively […]


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