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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.


Hill Dickinson goes barking mad

Good old Hill Dickinson. Not content with supporting local arts by sponsoring Liverpool’s role as the 2008 European City of Culture, the firm is going all green-fingered with a new plan to become ‘carbon-neutral’. Carbon neutrality, in case you were unsure, is the latest green campaign. The idea is that you first work out how […]

Porsche turns to Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn Linnell has won Porsche Cars GB as a client, advising the company on all its European events. The instruction is the first major appointment for the firm’s new travel unit, established to advise on travel and tourism law. Part of the firm’s personal injury and clinical negligence group, the unit is seeking to […]

Premier tax barristers emerge as £2m elite

Top tax barristers have become the premier league of the bar, with premier silks charging up to £5,000 an hour and £50,000 for a day-long conference. Silks at sets such as Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, Pump Court Tax Chambers and 11 New Square routinely charge 10 times the £500 going rate for an average commercial […]

Salans guards against weak dollar with euro billing

Salans is protecting itself against the increasingly weak US dollar by changing the majority of its offices’ billing to euros. The international firm, which has offices in the UK, US and Continental and Eastern Europe, as well as Russia, Turkey and the Middle East, uses the dollar as its functional currency. To protect partners against […]

Sparks fly in DLA Piper-BLG Dixons battle

A tug of war for electrical retailer client Dixons looks likely to break out between the rival IT outsourcing teams of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG). The war has been fuelled by the bad blood generated by Kit Burden’s departure from BLG for DLA Piper in August last year. […]

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