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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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Discrimination & privacy. A third sex ruled out by tribunal

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Practice manager

Three Verulam Buildings has appointed Khursid Khosla as its first practice development manager in charge of the set’s marketing. She previously spent seven years working with Reynolds Porter Chamberlain and Titmuss Sainer & Webb.

Remove QCs' aura of secrecy

Your ‘Silks Special’ (The Lawyer, 7 April) raised a number of interesting arguments. Much of the argument, though, seemed to focus on the income of QCs rather than whether QCs offer a value for money product. There are, from personal experience, those who seem rather fortunate to have become QCs. Several years ago I recall […]

Concept-based research is launched on CD-Rom

(Elizabeth Davidson reports ). A NEW reference system known as ‘metadata’ has been launched, which operates on a ‘concept’ basis, allowing lawyers to locate relevant legal information simply by keying in a phrase connected to it into their laptops. The system was developed by Sweet & Maxwell over two years, at a cost of £2m, […]

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