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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.


Bond Pearce pre-litigation unit targets insurers

SOUTH OF England firm Bond Pearce has set up a dedicated pre-litigation unit for its top-end insurance clients. The unit will be headed by partners Bettina Rigg and Neil Trayhurn. Trayhurn says: “We bel-ieve that our pre-litigation unit is the first of its kind in the UK.” Senior claims specialist Daren Pemberton says: “We foresaw […]

Law Soc moots new figurehead position

THE LAW Society is poised to create the powerful new post of a director general. Council members are studying the governing bodies of other professions – such as dentists, doctors, accountants and architects – in an attempt to develop a new structure. President Michael Mathews says: “This is carrying on the process of restructuring that […]


Cases from LAWTEL’s PI Quantum Database. Contact Nick Conway on 0171 970 4803. Melton v Morgan (1999) QBD (Butterfield J) 8 March Plaintiff: Female, divorced, 45 years old at date of accident; 51 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff discovered a pea-sized lump in her right breast. The defendant examined her in […]

24 Old Buildings head in negligence case

The head of chambers at leading Chancery set 24 Old Buildings, Colin Brodie QC, is being sued for negligence. He is being sued for damages in respect of advice given in a property dispute compromise. The writ, issued by Olswang, alleges the advice either given, or omitted to be given, in respect of the effect […]

Will US firms clean up in telecoms?

Colin Long, partner, Olswang Liz Hiester, partner, Clifford Chance James Chesterman, partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges BILLIONS of pounds are being invested in the cable and telecoms industry as the sector continues to thrive amid mergers of colossal proportions. US cable TV giant Comcast recently announced the purchase of MediaOne in a £37bn stock and […]

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