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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.


End of the line for Eversheds’ private client practice

Eversheds has shed the last of its private client-related teams after partner Neil Sparrow and his five-lawyer Norwich team agreed to join East Anglian firm Birketts. Eversheds decided to close its private client function in London last April and transferred the practice to Dawsons. The Norwich-based agriculture and estate planning team are the last to […]

EDS lawyer quits for Sun Microsystems

Senior EDS in-house lawyer Emma Courtney has moved to Sun Microsystems to take the top UK legal job. Courtney has been named UK senior counsel and will sit on the UK executive board reporting to the head of legal for global sales Leif Freykman. Courtney succeeds Mark Curtis, who was the lawyer in charge of […]

A matter of life and death

Through the Mental Capacity Bill’s ‘living will’, patients will be able to make advance decisions about the treatment they receive. Julia Abrey reports The Mental Capacity Bill has been a long time in its gestation. The background to the bill was a series of Law Commission reports in the early 1990s followed by a number […]

Dutch giant hives off private client practice

Dutch heavyweight Nauta Dutilh is splitting with its Rotterdam-based private client team as the firm continues to pursue its corporate-focused strategy.The two-partner, five fee-earner team will establish a new boutique, the name of which will be announced later this year. The split has been described as entirely amicable, with Nauta commiting to refer its private […]


SJ Berwin has hired a senior patent solicitor for its IP group. Christopher Thornham joined the firm from Taylor Wessing on 21 February SJ Berwin has hired a senior patent solicitor for its IP group. Christopher Thornham joined the firm from Taylor Wessing on 21 February. Freeth Cartwright has boosted its Nottingham commercial property team […]

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