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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.


Democracy must prevail

In calling for a five-year executive presidency for the Law Society, Richard Bagley (The Lawyer 10 October), misses the essential point that the post is (and indeed Mr Mears was) democratically elected. The Secretary General carries out policy, the president is crucial to its formulation. The two roles are quite distinct. If the Law Society […]

In brief: Johnnie Cochran speaks in UK

The Society of Black Lawyers has confirmed that OJ Simpson defence lawyer Johnnie Cochran will be speaking at a conference on 18 November. The high profile attorney is set to speak at the Commonwealth Institute and later that day at the SBL’s West Midlands chapter meeting. Tickets for the Birmingham events can be obtained from […]

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, […]

The marketing dilemma

The issues facing law firms today, as they strive to be successful, are more complex than ever before, and effective marketing is therefore a higher priority in the lives of management and partners of law firms across the country. The end is no different, however; firms need to grow. The external forces affecting marketing demand […]

In brief: Clerks call for more black magistrates

Black communities should be targeted for magistrate recruitment campaigns, a report by the Justices’ Clerks’ Society says. The document, Black People in Magistrates’ Courts, says that the measure would help boost under-represented minorities. Other recommendations to improve the racial equality of the courts include reviewing the role of the oath and providing greater translation of […]

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