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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.



One Essex Court Ralphs is rated as one of the most accomplished clerks at the bar. Although, at 60, he is one of the oldest, he must take some credit for the growth and success of One Essex Court. Ralphs has been a clerk since he was 15, 45 years ago. He tried to quit […]

The Firm

HENDERSON: Goodbye Reggie. You were one in a million. I just hope my floral tribute was tasteless enough. MAN: Oi you slag. Keep it schtum. Remember – you saw nothing here. HENDERSON: Sorry Reverend. That was a bit strong. And why were you kneecapping those mourners earlier? MAN: Well, it’s what he would have wanted. […]

Minter Ellison merges with top Western Australian firm

Sydney firm Minter Ellison is taking over Western Australia practice Edwards Thompson. Minters has had a two-year strategic alliance with the Perth practice, but the two firms have decided to take their relationship further. London partner Robert Hanley views it as “the logical next step”. Edwards Thompson specialises in resources, mining, energy and property. Minter’s […]

CFAs threaten chambers’ case management skills

CHAMBERS are leaving themselves dangerously exposed because of their failure to keep accurate records of their commitment to conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). With legal aid for personal injury cases now replaced by CFAs, barristers face bankruptcy if they cannot effectively manage the expected boom in such cases, as setting appropriate fee rates relies on being […]


London Club Steering Committee in $22bn (£40.8bn) debt exchange of new Russian Federation euro bonds for old restructured USSR debt. London Club Steering Committee led by Deutsche Bank; represented by Clifford Chance (Cliff Godfrey

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