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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.


Three female lawyers quit Ashursts dept in a week

THREE senior women solicitors have resigned from Ashurst Morris Crisp’s property department in successive days amid claims that not enough women in the firm are being made up to partnership. The solicitors associate Shona Price and assistants Delia Kempley and Barbara Kerin resigned successively over a three-day period two weeks ago. Their departures followed that […]

ASF appeals to lawyers for Rwanda project

Avocats sans Frontieres (ASF) has stepped up efforts to recruit lawyers to take part in genocide trials in Rwanda. The Brussels-based organisation has asked the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats, and some national Bar associations to help find French-speaking lawyers prepared to stay in the war-torn country for at least a month. […]

Insolvency lawyers want company levy

Companies should pay contributions to a central fund to help pay lawyers’ fees in liquidations, according to a radical suggestion by the Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA). Professor David Milman and Rebecca Parry at Manchester University proposed the move, after conducting the first ever study commissioned by the ILA into the treatment of creditors in insolvencies. […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 31/03/98

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s Case Law database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report. Copyright in categorisation of radio station playlist Robin Ray v Classic FM (1998) ChD (Lightman J) 18/3/9The plaintiff, a writer and broadcaster of classical music, claimed against a radio station, for breach of copyright. At issue […]

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