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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.



Donn & Co sets its sights on insurance work with the opening of defence section

Manchester firm Donn & Co has recruited insurance litigation specialist Nick Close to head up a new defence section within its personal injury department. Close will join the firm in January when he leaves Liverpool-based Davies Wallis Foyster. He will be responsible for expanding the department. Senior partner Raymond Donn said the firm engaged in […]

Girling returns Mears to Law Soc fold

President of the Law Society Tony Girling has brought his maverick predecessor Martin Mears back into the fold by appointing him to head a client care initiative. Mears, who claims he was turfed off three sub-committees, has been given the task of cutting the 20,000 annual complaints to the Office of the Supervision for Solicitors […]

Ombudsman prompts EC U-turn

British law firms have claimed the first successful use of the European Ombudsman in a complaint against the European Commission. A complaint lodged by the Legal Services Group (LSG), an alliance of five regional UK law firms with a joint office in Brussels, was the first the newly-appointed European Ombudsman Jacob Soderman ruled admissible, his […]

Merger proves that opposites attract

The news that Dibb Lupton Broomhead and Alsop Wilkinson are in merger talks has prompted the question – does it make sense? Observers believe the answer is “yes” in London. But on a national level it is more difficult to see the advantages for Alsops. Observers have tended to ask why Dibbs should want to […]

Clear up agents rules

Steve Sidkin’s article (27 August) discusses the only two cases on the Commercial Agents Regulations to date in the UK and their deficiencies. The one question clients want answered is how much is payable in compensatory damages. It is still unclear. The recent EC report into Article 17 of the regulations is a helpful summary […]

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