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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.

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SCL builds site for cash-strapped SPBG

THE SOCIETY for Computers and Law (SCL) has come to the aid of the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group (SPBG) by building it a web site . The site, launched at the SPBG’s first anniversary celebrations last month, would have cost the SPBG around #10,000 to set up and maintain. The SCL came to the SPBG’s […]

Teleworking threat to City is piecemeal only

Is the very model of the modern City law firm about to come under threat? This time the opposition comes not from globalisation, nor the Big Five accountants, nor US firms, but from a new kind of organisation – the “virtual law firm”. This week we reveal how Anthony Rose, former company commercial head at […]

MDPs hold out hope for high street firms

The High Street has taken a battering in the past decade and the latest downturn in the economy will sound the last post for many small firms. Furthermore the Government has made it clear it does not want “jack of all trade” solicitors. Behind the legal reforms is a drive for greater specialisation and accountability. […]

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