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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.


In brief: Rouse & Co sets up shop in Vietnam

Intellectual property rights specialist Rouse & Co International is opening an office in Vietnam. The office, in Ho Chi Minh City, will be the City-based firm’s fifth. It will be headed by Gareth Davies, who is moving to Ho Chi Minh City from Rouse & Co’s office in China.

Patrick Hurd announces alliance with accountants

Private client tax sole practitioner Patrick Hurd has joined forces with 11-partner accountants Hughes Allen in what is believed to be the first one-stop-shop alliance between an existing law practice and an accountancy firm. Patrick Hurd’s firm Wycombe Hurd & Co, which employs a qualified accountant, will move into an office alongside Hughes Allen’s existing […]


Howard Kennedy acted for Galliard Homes and Frogmore Developments in its sale of luxury apartments at the old Shell building at Waterloo, now the Whitehouse Development, to individual residents.


Halliwell Landau advised WAXY Hartlepool on its £54.5m sale of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to the Pillarcaise Partnership, advised by Gouldens.

In brief: SA judge marks Justice anniversary

Justice Arthur Chaskalson, president of the South African Constitutional Court, will on 13 October deliver the first of a series of lectures to mark the 40th anniversary of the campaign group, Justice. He will discuss the role of South Africa’s judges in interpreting and enforcing rights. The lecture is at the Law Society and kicks […]

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