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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.


Irvine's judge role in jeopardy

The court decided that Guernsey flower grower, Richard McGonnell, was denied a fair hearing when his appeal against a planning decision was heard by the Bailiff – Guernsey’s most senior judge and head of the island’s legislature and executive. Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to a fair and […]

Mental patient in High Court bid for liberty

The compulsory detention of patients who have a legal right to their liberty needs to be clarified. Roger Pearson reports. A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a legal challenge over the compulsory detention of mental patients after orders have been made for their discharge. At the same time, Justice Sullivan ordered that […]

CFA guidelines will make business pay

Proposed new measures from the Government making it cheaper for claimants to pursue “no win, no fee” claims will be a huge financial burden to business, claims a top personal injury defendant lawyer. Changes to the conditional fee system come after a consultation exercise involving consumer groups, trade unions, judges, insurers and other interested bodies […]

Case of the week

From the tabloids through to the broadsheets, to Panorama, Newsnight and Thought for the Day, it was the same story. The key feature about Harold Shipman was the letters in front of his name. A convicted killer, but worse, a doctor. Journalists reporting the case, the verdict and the possible charges to follow, had to […]

What the client wants: BNFL

What do in-house lawyers look for when engaging external solicitors? The same as internal clients seek from their in-house lawyers – added value. What value do lawyers add? At British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) we consider this to be principally twofold: we provide support to the business to help it meet its commercial objectives and we […]

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