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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.


Sole practitioners group split on MDPs

THE EXECUTIVE body of the Sole Practitioners’ Group (SPG) is split over multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) with 50 per cent in favour and 40 per cent against the Law Society’s plan to sweep aside its ban later this year. SPG chairman Montagu Martin is in favour of MDPs, saying it would be a “retrograde step” if […]

Pioneer case for barrister

In a case which is believed to be the first of its kind, motorist Carl Josephs is suing West Midlands Police for racial harassment, claiming he was stopped 34 times in two years because he is black. Josephs’ barrister, Peter Herbert of Michael Mansfield QC’s chambers at 14 Tooks Court, told Birmingham High Court it […]

In brief: Dibb Lupton Alsop

Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for boxing promoter Frank Warren in negotiating a #7.2m settlement in his dispute with US boxing promoter Don King. Warren’s four-year partnership with King has been dissolved, and the agreement settles all claims and allegations against Warren. Dibbs’ litigation team was led by Daren Allen.

Irvine and Archer in Titanic Lords clash

Lord Archer of Sandwell said Lord Irvine’s determination to introduce conditional fees into personal injury (PI) cases was comparable to the stubborn insistence by the Titanic’s builders that the ship was unsinkable, when the two clashed over the Access to Justice Bill in the House of Lords last week. Conflict of opinion over Lord Irvine’s […]

Woolf bites back

Amid growing fears that the most radical shake-up in the legal system is heading for disaster, the reforms architect, Lord Woolf, dismisses the legal profession’s pessimism in this exclusive interview with Elizabeth Davidson, and tells lawyers to ‘put their house in order’. The Woolf reforms are due to begin on 26 April – ushering in […]

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