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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.


Praxis turns up trumps with DNA database

A new National DNA database has been designed by Bath-based software firm Praxis, part of Touche Ross Management Consultants. Praxis project manager Nigel Reckless says the brief provided by the Forensic Science Service required that the system contained the technical precautions to support the scientific and legislative safeguards built in. “The database only retains details […]

In brief: Lord Hoffman to give Upjohn lecture

Lord Hoffman will address the Association of Law Teachers at this year’s annual Upjohn lecture which will be held at the Inns of Court School of Law next month. His lecture, ‘Anthropomorphic justice: the reasonable man and his friend’, will be presented at 6pm on 12 May.

Euro court rules out fees VAT recovery

A European Court has ruled that VAT on UK corporate lawyers’ fees cannot be recovered. The judgement supports the view of HM Customs & Excise which, since 1989, has meant UK businesses pay 17.5 per cent more for their lawyers than their European counterparts. It was made despite the fact that most continental countries have […]


Pearl Assurance, advised by Brecher & Co, has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Moor House on London Wall for u10m, from Greycoat, advised by Herbert Smith.


*Nursing Home Properties was advised by Eversheds on its flotation by way of u15m placing sponsored by Close Brothers Investment

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