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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.

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Olswang has been in the High Court today (20 November) defending Jerry Springer:The Opera producer Jonathan Thoday against accusations of blasphemy. Relgious group Christian Voice has gone to the court in a bid to get Thoday, along with BBC director general Mark Thompson, prosecuted under common law’s blasphemous libel, which dates back more than 400 […]

Directors’ cut

Increased shareholder power places a greater burden on company directors, say Neil Mirchandani and Rebecca Huntsman Has the liability risk for directors increased or is it business as usual? Is the role of a company director more onerous today than, say, five years ago? To the latter question, many would answer ‘yes’. This year has […]

DLA Liverpool hit by trio of departures

DLA Piper’s Liverpool office will see a wave of departures over the next few weeks, with exits from senior members of the corporate, employment and property litigation teams. The office’s former managing partner Michael Prince, currently a corporate partner with the firm, will be embarking on a new career as non-executive chair of housebuilder David […]

Scottish bar seeks new leader as dean quits after three years

Roy Martin QC has retired as the dean of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish bar) after three years. Martin decided to stand down to focus on his administrative and land law practice, both in Scotland as a member of Murray Stable and in England, where he is a member of Landmark Chambers. The silk, […]

BLG strengthens with double hire

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has re-enforced its employment team with the hire of Fladgate Fielder’s head of employment Adam Lambert and has recruited associate director Emily Benson for its financial services regulatory team from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) enforcement division. The firm has suffered from slow growth and departures this year, with commercial […]

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