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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.


Specialist group is gaining ground

THE ASSOCIATION of Personal Injury Lawyers has done its best to resist the temptation to gloat. But the group is delighted at its success in breaking the deadlock between the Law Society and the Bar Council over conditional fee model terms of engagement for counsel. That breakthrough, reported in last week’s issue of The Lawyer, […]

Sentencing event

* ‘Crime and punishment’ is the title of a one-day conference on sentencing at the Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall on 24 April. The conference will feature leading judges, barristers, solicitors and other professionals involved in sentencing policy. They include Judge Stephen Tumin, Chief Inspector of Prisons, Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal […]

SFO wins stay of execution

Top fraud defence solicitors welcome the preservation of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as an independent entity and, in particular, the Government’s call to enlarge its role in order to create a more unified way of dealing with such cases. Attorney General Sir Nicholas Lyell, who put an end to 18 months of speculation about […]

UK solicitor loses Irish libel action

AN IRISH solicitor has won libel damages of u10,000 against a member of the profession in Britain. Justin Sadleir, of Gort, County Galway, took the action in Galway Circuit Court over a letter written by Joseph Bateman, of Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. The court heard that Sadleir had represented a company called Manorcraft in an action in […]

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