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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.


Names' action hinges on appeal

LAWYERS acting for thousands of Lloyd’s Names are awaiting a crucial expedited Court of Appeal ruling following the first summary judgement victory for a Lloyd’s agent against a Name last week. It is hoped that the case will go to trial, when the full defence of Lloyd’s Name Dr Andrew Higgins will be heard. The […]

A fine art

Maclay Murray & Spens has been the main sponsor of the Royal Scottish Academy for nearly ten years. We are also involved in the sponsorship of events in the Edinburgh International Festival, such as the 1994 production of Torquato Tasso and the International Book Festival. Two years ago, the firm sponsored the exhibition of Degas […]

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 […]

Green impact of EU

European Court of Justice Judge David Edward will chair a conference on the impact in the UK of EU environmental law at London’s Centre for the Law of the European Union on Friday. The conference, with speakers from the European Commission and universities across the UK, will cover topics such as the enforcement of EU […]


Field Fisher Waterhouse advised long-standing client Wynnstay Properties on its admission to AIM.

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