Category Archives: Bribery and corruption

The dawn of the SFO supergrass?

Lisa Osofsky’s appointment as the new Director of the SFO has been heralded as a turning point.  With a “different kind of Director”[1] came the promise of new ideas, attitudes and ways of working, not least the use of “flipped defendants, who later become witnesses.”[2] This formed a staple of the Director’s previous tenure as […]

Is AML Playing Catch-Up To Bribery?

Recently released reports on the Bribery Act 2010 and by the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (‘OPBAS’) have given contrasting assessments of the performance of two keystones in the fight against financial crime and corruption. Overall, the House of Lords Bribery Act 2010 Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny report published last month (14 March) gives […]

Peter Binning comments on the EU’s new anti-fraud office in The Times

Controversy is mounting over the process to appoint a chief prosecutor to the EU’s new anti-fraud office. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) is being set up as an independent and decentralised body to investigate and prosecute crimes of fraud and corruption against the EU budget. The EPPO is scheduled to launch at the end […]

Bribery Act shines whilst AML supervision struggles

Reports on the Bribery Act 2010 and the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (‘OPBAS’) published this week have given contrasting assessments of the performance of two keystones in the fight against financial crime and corruption. Overall, the House of Lords Bribery Act 2010 Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny report published on Thursday (14 March) gave […]

The Westminster city council scandal: how does the Bribery Act 2010 apply to gifts and hospitality in practice?

Robert Davis, the deputy leader of Westminster city council and, until last year, the chair of its planning committee, resigned on Wednesday this week after an internal investigation found he had breached the council’s code of conduct. The internal investigation resulted in a report, published yesterday on the council’s website[1], which explains that Mr Davis […]

Extraterritoriality in KBR v SFO: common sense or rewriting the statute?

Last week the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) lost a much-publicised appeal concerning legal privilege. Within days the SFO won a less newsworthy but no less important judicial review concerning extraterritoriality. The principal question in R (on the application of KBR Inc.) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2018] EWHC 2368 (Admin) was whether a […]

David Corker comments on the CPS costs in first-ever contested section 7 prosecution in GIR

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spent thousands of pounds to prosecute a case that UK white-collar lawyers have previously said makes a mockery of the criminal process. The CPS revealed how much it spent to bring a case against dormant British officer interior design company Skansen Interior Limited (SIL) and two individuals over a £6 […]