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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.


Full of eastern promise

Paul Rainford finds that young solicitors are being increasingly drawn to eastern Europe to give their career a boost. Paul Rainford is a freelance journalist. For budding lawyers who face the prospect of working out of a windswept office in Slough, there is always the lure of working in some remote city somewhere in the […]

Conference dates

The International Bar Association has four conferences planned. The first, in Washington on 20 May, looks at the challenges facing practitioners in international franchising, organised jointly with the International Franchise Association. The second, “Crime Across the World: Is the Rule of Law Being Corrupted?”, will take place between 22-25 May in Vienna. The third is […]

Modernisation of Justice Bill may be delayed

THE LORD Chancellor Lord Irvine’s proposals to “modernise justice” by introducing block legal aid contracts, a public interest fund and tightening up the legal aid merits test, may have to be delayed for a year . The Lawyer understands that the Lord Chancellor’s Department is battling to get its planned Modernisation of Justice Bill included […]

The class of “93 reports back

Philip Hoult tracks down his fellow class mates from the College of Law and asks them about life five years on You are about to leave law school, with your LPC and CPE in the bag and trying to prepare yourself for a life of sober clothes, all-night meetings and, worst of all, unfeasibly short […]

Staple calls for single extradition scheme

George Staple, the former director of the Serious Fraud Office and now a Clifford Chance partner, has called for a global extradition scheme to fight global crime. Current extradition procedures are still mainly dependent on bilateral arrangements deriving from nineteenth century treaties, he said at a London conference on global crime last week. “So many […]

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