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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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Sweden’s courts fall foul of ECJ

Sweden faces censure from the European Commission for failing to refer enough cases to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The Commission has called for Swedish courts to refer more cases involving interpretation of EU law to the ECJ, arguing that with only three referrals since 2001 Sweden is breaking its EU treaty obligations. Brussels […]

Law Society slams plans for UK ‘FBI’ agency

The Law Society has criticised government proposals to introduce an “FBI-style” agency to fight organised crime. The society says increased police powers, coupled with the Serious Organised Crime Agency – both announced in the Queen’s Speech this morning (23 November) – will compromise the liberty of the individual. Among potential developments which concern the Law […]

DLA, BLP predict £500K PEP

Mid-market stars DLA and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) are predicting average profit per partner (PEP) over £500,000 as both post double-digit turn-over growth in the first half of the year. DLA has recorded the best first half-year in its history, with revenues shooting up 23.5 per cent to £145.7m. DLA sources are predicting to break […]

Firm profile: Eric Robinson Solicitors

Sometimes it can be painful to adapt, but the Southampton firm founded in 1964 by Eric Robinson is looking to change. The firm celebrated its fortieth anniversary over the summer and Robinson was there, but the firm he built on a platform of family work and serving local businesses has ambitions to spread its name […]

Freshfields hedges bets with NY and London Olympic bids

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the firms advising London 2012 pro bono on the capital’s bid for the Olympics, has also donated over $50,000 (£27,000) in support of a rival bid by New York. Freshfields, Clifford Chance, Ashurst and Berwin Leighton Paisner are all working pro bono on London’s bid, but only the first three are named as “major partners”. […]

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