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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.


Litigation Recent Decisions 07/01/97

Unfair trial where defendant is forced to incriminate himself Ernest Saunders v The United Kingdom, Application No 19187/91 (1994) Court: ECHR (R Bernhardt, President and Judges Thor Vilhjalmsson, F Golcuklu, L-E Pettiti, B Walsh, A Spielmann, J De Meyer, N Valticos, SK Martens, E Palm, R Pekkanen, AN Loizou, JM Morenilla, Sir John Freeland, L […]

When the merger honeymoon is over

When it came, the McKenna/Cameron Markby merger made not so much a bang as a whimper. After months of frenzied speculation about the tri-partite merger which lost one of its participants, Denton Hall, on the way, the two firms are now officially preparing for life together. The indications are that it will not be an […]

Fishing dispute enters stormy waters

The international fishing rights war is scheduled to move into the High Court this summer. The timetable has been drawn up for a major legal battle to take place over a multi-million pound compensation claim by Spanish fishermen. The fishermen have already won a ruling from the European Court of Justice that they were unlawfully […]

Education in PFI projects

In the report entitled “Herbert Smith tops PFI projects league” (The Lawyer, 17 December 1996), you say that “education projects have yet to see the light of day”. In fact there is at least one completed PFI project in the higher education sector, the University of Greenwich’s Avery Hill Student Village. This project has been […]

India who's who hits Internet

India’s first legal electronic directory has been launched on the Internet. The directory, called Locator, was created by the Law Information Centre, a company formed by Indian lawyers, including the former solicitor general Dipankar Gupta. The Locator, a who’s who of India’s legal profession, can be found at the Law Information Centre’s Web site, which […]

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