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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.


Business Bar melting pot

Philip Hoser looks at the identities of the chancery and commercial sets, and suggests that there can be only one business Bar. Philip Hoser is a barrister at Serle Court Chambers. The 1980s and 1990s have seen a gradual transformation of much of the chancery Bar – and a stealthy encroachment by it on areas […]

Weil Gotshal nabbed CC star biller with shorter hours offer

Star biller Michael Francies is leaving Clifford Chance for Weil Gotshal & Manges because he wants a break from the extraordinarily long hours he was working, it has emerged. Neither Clifford Chance nor Francies will comment about the details of his move, revealed in The Lawyer earlier this month, but it is understood that Francies […]

Accountancy firms face prosecution in Portugal

Portugal’s attorney general, Cunha Rodrigues, is deciding whether to prosecute Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand over allegations that they advised on Portuguese law. Dr Soares Machado, president of the Lisbon Bar Association, said that the Bar had lodged a complaint against all three with Rodrigues. Two years ago, he said, Ernst […]

The battle for supremacy

Competition between lawyers and accountants is hotting up as the Law Society of Ireland debates MDPs, says Mary Heaney Next month the Law Society of Ireland Council is set to consider the controversial subject of multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). Whatever conclusion it arrives at, the betting is that MDPs, for better or for worse, are on […]

Let the solicitor be the judge

Solicitors could soon be appointed judges in the higher courts – if new proposals are approved, reports Eileen McCabe. Eileen McCabe is a freelance journalist. Barristers in Ireland are bracing themselves for yet another attack on one of their preserves by their solicitor colleagues. The Republic’s Minister of Justice John O’Donoghue will shortly receive a […]

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