Sunday, October 5, 2014 23:45
Speaking in the last few days sources tell us that Adam Thompson at the Home Office and lead for the National Anti-Corruption Plan revised expectations backwards for the publication of the UK Anti-Corruption plan. It can now be expected, he said, 'this year'. That noise you just heard was the sound of a ball being kicked into the long grass. Three weeks is a long time in politics... Only a few weeks ago in late June at the C5 conference Oliver Heald QC MP announced that the UK’s first anti-corruption plan would be published imminently in the next few weeks. He was Solicitor General. At that conference, in a sneak preview, the Solicitor General disclosed much in the telegraphed report would be about improving coordination across law enforcement and government agencies and fast response. The speech echoed the words of Ken Clarke shortly before when he was reported by the FT saying, “We want to be satisfied ...
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REVIEW: Transparency International: Publication – How to Bribe, a typology of bribe paying and how to stop it
Earlier this year we and Pinsent Masons LLP sponsored the publication by Transparency International UK of this publication. It's free, though TI request a donation of £25 - it's a charity after all - but you don't have to donate if you don't want to. How to bribe, a typology of bribery and how to stop it is a compendium summary of examples of bribery as they have manifested. The idea, to enable readers to identify situations where bribery might occur in their own businesses and how. Barry wrote the forward and was approached by TI-UK some time ago. The idea appealed as we are keen proponents of helping companies comply and making compliance relevant for business. It's no good parroting sections of the Bribery Act or FCPA and expecting people to really understand. We think people need real life examples and practical tips and guidance. This is what the booklet offers. ...
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News & what’s on
The Financial Times reports that Theresa May MP Home Office minister is mounting a fresh campaign to close down the UK Serious Fraud Office and have serious fraud the responsibility of the National Crime Agency. Present SFO employees would, under the plans, be scattered around various existing government departments. Some have questioned the motives of seeking to close down the SFO. The Director of the SFO David Green arrived just over two years ago with a four year remit to sort out the SFO after a series of high profile mistakes. It is generally considered that he has done a good job in cleaning up previous mistakes and that this year marked a turnaround in the agency's fortunes. When he arrived it was widely understood that there would be a reconsideration of the agency's performance based on the results achieved during Mr. Green's stewardship at the end of his four year term. In recent months the ...
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Bribery Act & Proceeds of Crime
Legal Privilege. Boring lawyers debate or the foundation of basic legal rights. There is a debate on at present dealing with a difference between what the SFO is perceived to want and what the SFO perceive defence attorneys give. Based on the rhetoric it is widely perceived that there is a gulf between the two sides. We consider that it should be possible to come up with something which works for both. But that is another post! We have spoken about it in passing before. We understand and sympathise with the SFO position. Yesterday, Alun Milford brought welcome clarity to the debate with a crisp and straightforward explanation. We repeat it in full below - because you should read it, especially if you are looking to establish trust and credibility with the SFO and meet its expectations for consideration for a DPA. Alun Milford: The Use of Information to Discern and Control Risk 02 September 2014
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Your Questions: Answered
Dear Barry & Richard, My company runs a summer internship program and applications to participate close in the Spring. Every year I typically receive extra requests outside the program, in July and August, to provide a week or two vacation placement work experience for kids who are the children of people who know colleagues of mine. When I tell my colleagues in the business that the deadline for applications has been missed I am met with pleas to make an exception in this or that case, told that the commitment has already been made or that I'm just not being very commercial. On the other side of the coin though I have read that an internship could be a bribe and so I don't know what to do. Should I cancel the internship program? Barry and Richard Answer Don't cancel the internship program. You are not alone in dealing with these challenges. Back in the day when an internship ...
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