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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.


Bar finds in favour of Bridewell man

The Professional Complaints and Conduct Committee of the Bar Council has dismissed complaints against barrister Roger Davey, of Bridewell Chambers. Paralegal Susan Clarke had accused Davey of two counts of serious professional misconduct, both of which were dismissed at a hearing on 25 February 2004.


In this edition of The Lawyer we are publishing a special preview of The Lawyer Euro100, the first ever investigation into revenues and profits of European law firms. Our research is timely; Europe is where the battle for global dominance will take place. Asia – China apart – is seen at the top levels of management of […]

Victoria law body steps up requirements

Australian lawyers who qualified in the state of Victoria will have to ensure they meet the requirements of a new continuing professional development (CPD) scheme or risk losing their practising certificates. A scheme introduced by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), which takes effect from 1 April, will require a minimum of 10 CPD units […]

ICC sets up panel to aid fraud victims

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is assembling a crack anti-fraud panel, tasked with offering advice to victims of commercial deception, money laundering and cybercrime. The ICC’s commercial crime department said it was identifying and inviting suitable law firms from across the world to participate. The initiative, called Fraudnet, would especially help victims to prosecute […]

A&O pops up in battle for spot on Apax panel

Allen & Overy (A&O) has emerged as a surprise contender for a much sought-after place on private equity firm Apax’s leveraged transaction panel. It is understood that A&O is one of five firms asked to bid for the two places available in the line-up. It joins Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith Braithwaite, […]

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