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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.


A&O focuses on "staying ahead'

ALLEN & Overy has appointed a new IT director and a partner in charge of knowledge management in the second major shake-up of its back office in less than six months. Under the changes – which bring to a speedy close an experiment to job-share the firm’s IT director post – Nick Taylor-Delahoy, IT manager […]

Nestor lands Thomas

Nestor Healthcare Group has appointed Emma Thomas, currently assistant company secretary at Kingfisher, as its group company secretary and legal adviser.

Pub tie system faces new challenge

Two test cases have brought into question a system whereby pub landlords are dictated to by suppliers, reports Roger Pearson. Pub tenants and breweries are waiting for the outcome of two challenges to the brewery tie system, under which brewery landlords stipulate who their tenants must buy supplies from – ranging from drink to fruit […]

A misplaced judgement

RE: Judge Attacks Barristers Without Law Degrees (The Lawyer, 9 June 1998). Mr Justice Lightman’s attack on barristers without law degrees (and by implication, solicitors) is as surprising as it is ill-considered. I can only guess at the reaction to his comments within the Patent Bar, whose members appear in front of him on an […]

Two leading legal aid firms back Govt plans for reform

TWO leading legal aid firms have broken ranks with the rest of the legal profession by going out of their way to support the government’s legal aid reform proposals. Niche Manchester medical negligence practice Alexander Harris and London legal aid giant Thompsons both spoke out in favour of the government’s plans to withdraw legal aid […]

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