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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.


Semple announces third year of growth

Scottish firm Semple Fraser has posted a 21 per cent rise in turnover to £13m, the third consecutive year of 20 per cent-plus growth. The firm’s managing partner Alister Fraser said the growth in tax-driven property deals had not only boosted the firm’s revenues, but had also increased the number of UK-wide deals in which […]

FFW shuns World Cup and embraces communism

Field Fisher Waterhouse is trying to pretend the World Cup doesn’t exist. IT partner and closet lefty Michael Chissick decided to celebrate Che Guevara’s birthday by holding his department’s party on the same night as one of the classic fixtures in World Cup history – Argentina vs Holland. We’re not quite sure how Chissick’s decision […]

Sports firm spawned from Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson has lost one of its top sports lawyers. Partner Chris Farnell has left the firm to set up his own sports and media boutique. Assistant Paul Fletcher went with Farnell and becomes a partner in the new firm, which is called IPS Law. Farnell said that the time was right to start a […]

Hextalls aids British Waterways in rates relief fight with ODPM

City commercial and insurance specialist Hextalls has won a unique High Court victory against the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), saving up to £2.9m in tax bills for client British Waterways. British Waterways, the body responsible for maintaining Britain’s 2,000km network of rivers and canals, had been ordered to pay new business rates […]

Arcadia faces legal action by disability rights body

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is setting out to fight retail giant Arcadia on behalf of a woman who claims she was unable to shop because she is in a wheelchair. The DRC’s in-house legal team is bringing the case on behalf of Joanne Holland, a wheelchair user, who said she could not get into […]

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