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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.


Set to take on London

David Adams led the team at Travers Smith Braithwaite which acted for Clinton Cards in its £27.5m acquisition of GSG Holdings. Norton Rose acted for the underwriter HSBC Investments and Eversheds acted for the vendors. Paisner & Co’s Rosemary Sutherland acted for George Bateman & Son in its disposal of its Radial Free Trade business […]

LAB set for block contract scheme

THE Legal Aid Board will be ready to launch a pilot block contracting project for legal aid lawyers in one year and hints that family solicitors may be the first targets. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the board is best placed to launch a pilot scheme for Green Form work along the lines of the […]

Magill denies creating legal quandary despite attack by Westminster Tories

THE DISTRICT Auditor for Westminster Council has denied claims he has created a legal dilemma for hundreds of local authorities. John Magill, the auditor investigating the Tory council’s housing sales policy, said councillors making decisions with legal implications could trust the advice of their legal departments. Westminster Conservatives claim they only went ahead with the […]

Head-hunters train sights on finance sector

TOP IN-HOUSE lawyers from the financial sector are being targeted by a new head-hunting firm set up in the City. Hogarth Davies & Lloyd Executive Search includes a legal division which will seek out heads of department and their deputies. The company says its “fresh” approach to the recruitment of senior in-house lawyers will mirror […]

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