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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.


Morton Fraser – Rising 50 – 2005

Turnover: £10m Revenue per partner: £344,800 Revenue per lawyer: £140,800 Total number of partners: 29 Total number of fee-earners: 165 Total number of fee-earners (excluding consultants, paralegals, trainees etc): 71 Total number of support staff: 73 Offices: Edinburgh, Glasgow Equity structure: Modified lockstep Core business: Full service with an emphasis on banking and finance (especially […]

Wilberforce Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £20.2m Head of chambers: Edward Nugee QC. Total tenants (silks): 39 (16) Door tenants: None Chambers contributions: 17.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £518,000 Top cases last year: Equitable Life v The former directors of Equitable Life; Wickes v Arthur Andersen; Oracle v Fortis; VTL v Easynet; Al Bassam v Al Bassam. No of […]

SJ Berwin targets French real estate with new Orrick arrival

SJ Berwin is setting out to attack the French real estate market with the hire of a partner from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ann Hieu Ly Ky joined SJ Berwin at the beginning of the year, following two years spent as a partner at Orrick’s Paris office. Her appointment is intended to develop SJ Berwin’s real estate […]

Matrix Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £9.2m Head of chambers: Rhodri Thompson QC Total tenants (silks): 47 (13) Door tenants: None Chambers contributions: 20 per cent Revenue per barrister: £220,000 Top cases last year: Campbell v MGN Ltd; Genzyme Ltd v OFT; R (Middleton) v West Somerset Coroner; R v Sion David Charles Jenkins; Dunnachie v Kingston-upon-Hull City Council. No […]

Finers Stephens Innocent – UK 100

Turnover: £16.1m Profit per equity partner: £285,000 Equity spread: £205,000-£520,000 Net profit: £4.2m Profit margin: 26 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: N/A Revenue per lawyer: £268,000 Revenue per partner: £555,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,238,000 Cost per lawyer: £198,000 Profit per lawyer: £70,000 No of partners: 29 No of equity partners: 13 No of female […]

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