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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.


Immigration law contravenes human rights, claims woman

A WOMAN who claims that the Government’s commitment to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law should prohibit the Home Office from deporting her husband will hear the result of her judicial review this week. In a case which could have major repercussions for the Government, Idris Patel, who is represented by […]


Nabarro Nathanson acted for Talisker Properties on its £30m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Britannia Life, advised by Church Adams Tatham. Allen & Overy and Dundas & Wilson advised the funders Deutsche Hypo and Royal Bank of Scotland.

In brief: Partnership promotions

Stephenson Harwood will make up six partners in the areas of tax, shipping, banking and project finance on 1 May. Three are based in the UK with the others in Piraeus, Singapore and Hong Kong. Dibb Lupton Alsop has appointed 17 new partners, including four each in the corporate and commercial litigation departments with effect […]

Four quit set over legal aid work

Four barristers, including one QC, have quit Leeds set 9 Woodhouse Square to form a new chambers, after a disagreement over how best to respond to the Government’s legal aid reforms. The new set, to be called Mercury Chambers and led by Benjamin Nolan QC, says it will do far less legal aid work than […]

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