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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.


RAF flies into sex discrimination row

The Royal Air Force risks humiliation if found guilty of discrimination in a pending industrial tribunal, predicts Roger Pearson. Discrimination in the armed forces will hit the headlines again in December when a ruling is expected on a major sex discrimination claim against the RAF. If the ruling goes against it, it could prove a […]

Property owner sues Harrods

Harrods is being sued for damages caused by one of its drivers who is alleged to have crashed into a property in Cornwall in October 1996. The company is being taken to the High Court by Deborah Hughes of Wadebridge in Cornwall. She is being represented by Bond Pearce’s Plymouth office.

The Bahamas boasts banking bonanza

Nicholas Ashton explains how The Bahamas stays one step ahead of the offshore competition – keeping foreign laws out while attracting investors from other jurisdictions. Nicholas Ashton is tax partner at Edge & Ellison in Birmingham. This year The Bahamas celebrates its 25th year of self-government and independence from the British. After a decline of […]

It has been a bad week for

Internet porn surfers. KPMG and Denton Hall have set up a web site – – to encourage the public to express their views on the illegal content on the Internet. Remember, “Honest I was looking for the Lawtel law reports, I don’t know how I ended up in”, is not a valid excuse. […]

Family lawyers urge Govt to speed up pension splits

Family lawyers have welcomed proposals to give courts more power to split pensions in divorce proceedings – but have urged the Government to speed up their introduction. Last week the Commons social security committee published a report recommending that divorcing wives should be able to apply for a percentage share of their husbands’ pensions. But […]

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