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#WithoutPrejudice 5: Bin Laden assassination – Ian Tomlinson G20 – The Bribery Act – Access to practice in The City – Charon QC

#WithoutPrejudice 5: Bin Laden assassination – Ian Tomlinson G20 – The Bribery Act – Access to practice in The City

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Charon QC, 6th May 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Bribery Act could disadvantage UK firms, warns Lord Goldsmith – Daily Telegraph

“The Bribery Act could unfairly prejudice British companies after key aspects of it were watered down by the Ministry of Justice, according to former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bribery Act: CPS/SFO Prosecution Guidance Published – Crown Prosecution Service

“Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Richard Alderman, issued joint guidance for prosecutors on the Bribery Act 2010.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 30th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Revamped Bribery Act is giving firms the jitters – The Guardian

“Businesses are gearing up for compliance as facilitation payments and hospitality are set to come under closer scrutiny.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK clamps down on corruption with new Bribery Act – Ministry of Justice

“The UK will reinforce its reputation as a leader in the global fight against corruption when the Bribery Act comes into force on July 1, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 30th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Kenneth Clarke denies weakening new anti-bribery law – The Guardian

“Ministers have been accused of undermining the long delayed legislation intended to crack down on payments of bribes by business executives. Anti-corruption campaigners claim the government has surrendered to lobbying by business groups, creating loopholes that will allow dishonest companies to continue paying bribes to foreign politicians and officials.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Guidance notes on Bribery Act suggest common sense will rule – The Independent

“The Government’s guidance on the controversial Bribery Act is to offer an olive branch to business as its publication today kicks off the three-month countdown to the act becoming law.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Serious Fraud Office vows to pursue corrupt foreign companies – The Guardian

“The head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is at loggerheads with ministers who are seeking to exempt overseas companies from Britain’s new Bribery Act.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Justice minister tries to ease anti-bribery rules – The Guardian

“Foreign companies that are listed on the London stock market but have no other presence in the UK should not be liable for prosecution under the Bribery Act, according to guidance being drawn up by the Ministry of Justice.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government relaxes Bribery Act – Daily Telegraph

“The Government has bowed to pressure from business and relaxed key elements of the Bribery Act.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bribery Act is not perfect but brings UK into line with OECD – The Guardian

“When the Ministry of Justice delayed the Bribery Act for the third time this week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) threatened to put the UK on an export blacklist along with Nigeria, Russia and Israel and others.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government delays Bribery Act to write new guidance – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has delayed the implementation of the Bribery Act. It will not now come into force in April as planned but will be put on hold while the Government rewrites guidance for businesses on how to comply with the 2010 law.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 31st January 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

British firms face bribery blacklist, warns corruption watchdog – The Guardian

“British companies may face international blacklisting as a result of the government’s attempts to water down the Bribery Act, the chairman of an international anti-corruption watchdog warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government will publish new guidance on bribery law – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government will publish new guidelines on bribery, it has said. The rules will help companies to comply with the Bribery Act which was passed last year.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 18th January 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Bribery Act guidance is too vague, says Law Society – OUT-LAW.com

“Proposed rules on what companies have to do to avoid being prosecuted under new bribery laws are not detailed enough, the Law Society has said. More clarification, particularly for smaller companies, is needed, it has told the Government.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 30th November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

The Bribery Act and how in-house counsel can help combat corruption – Law Society’s Gazette

“In July the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that the Bribery Act will not come into force until April 2011, a full year after it received royal assent. At the same time, it promised to issue guidance to enable commercial organisations to understand the concept of ‘adequate procedures’. This guidance is the subject of a consultation process, managed by the MoJ, with a closing date for responses set for 8 November.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Attorney General: World Bribery & Corruption Compliance forum – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General addresses the World Bribery & Corruption Compliance Forum in London, 14th September 2010.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 14th Setember 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Government consults on anti-bribery guidance – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has published the six principles that will be used to determine whether or not a company is responsible for bribery offences committed by its employees or agents under new anti-corruption laws.”

Full story

OUT.LAW.com, 16th September 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Bribery Act consultation launched – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice is set to consult with UK companies about the new UK Bribery Act, which will come into force in April 2011”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

John Higgins banned from snooker but cleared of match-fixing – Daily Telegraph

“Former world champion John Higgins has been banned from snooker until November for bringing the game into disrepute but cleared of ‘agreeing or offering’ to accept bribes.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Implementation of Bribery Act delayed – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has postponed the implementation of a groundbreaking new anti-bribery law to allow for further consultation on how companies can prepare for its demands. Anti-corruption campaigners have condemned the move.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 21st July 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Bribery Act implementation – Ministry of Justice

“The UK will reinforce its reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, when the Bribery Act comes into force in April 2011.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 20th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Crown prosecutor who dropped assault case for £10,000 jailed – Daily Telegraph

“A corrupt Crown prosecutor who pocketed £10,000 to use his position to discontinue an assault case has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prosecutor admits halting case for £20,000 bribe – The Independent

“A corrupt senior Crown prosecutor has admitted pocketing £20,000 to use his position to discontinue a criminal case, it can be reported today.”

Full story

The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

First British executive jailed for corrupting foreign officials – The Guardian

“The first British executive convicted of corrupting foreign officials to land contracts was today jailed for a year.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Royal Assent for Bribery Bill and Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – Ministry of Justice

“The Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill and Bribery Bill have today received Royal Assent.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 8th April 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bribery Act 2010

Bribery Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Judge says plea deal tied his hands over fine for corrupt firm – The Guardian

“A senior judge today criticised the Serious Fraud Office for striking plea bargains which let off corrupt companies too lightly.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Statutory guidance will tell companies how to prevent bribery – OUT-LAW.com

“A Government minister will have to publish guidance for companies on a new bribery offence that had been criticised for not being clear enough. The Bribery Bill would make it an offence for a company to fail to prevent bribery.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Spies must seek ministerial green light to pay bribes, Lords rules – Daily Telegraph

“Spies will have to seek permission from ministers before paying bribes to ‘contacts’, the House of Lords has ruled.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

High Court ruling reveals lawyer’s role in £380,000 aviation ‘bribe’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“A senior City lawyer arranged for a £380,000 ‘bribe’ to be paid to a former Indian state official in a failed attempt to unlawfully secure a lucrative aviation contract for her clients, a High Court ruling has revealed.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 4th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government plans to fight foreign bribery – Ministry of Justice

“The fight against foreign bribery steps up a level today as Justice Secretary Jack Straw announces new plans to combat global corruption.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government response to Joint Committee report on Draft Bribery Bill – Ministry of Justice

“The government’s response to the conclusions and recommendations of the Joint Committee Report on the Draft Bribery Bill.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Fraud Office takes on BAE: Cleaning up in a murky business – Daily Telegraph

“The decision of the Serious Fraud Office to seek consent to prosecute BAE Systems could help to restore Britain’s international reputation for taking corruption seriously – and shed light on the opaque defence industry, says Chandrashekhar Krishnan.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BAE faces prosecution over bribery allegations – The Guardian

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is expected to announce this morning that it will take the politically momentous decision to seek to prosecute BAE over bribery allegations.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legistors want bribery law toughened – Reuters

“Lawmakers called on Tuesday for a proposed new law against bribery to be toughened by making it easier to prosecute a company for failing to prevent a bribe being paid.”

Full story

Reuters, 28th July 2009

Source: www.reuters.com

MI5 accused of bribe offer in Rangzieb Ahmed torture case – The Guardian

“The security service MI5 is being accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by offering a man inducements to drop his allegation that its officers colluded in his torture.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The costs of corruption – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has given a speech at the 5th European Forum on Anti-corruption about improving the legal framework relating to bribery and corruption.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 23rd June 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jack Straw unveils tougher corruption laws – The Times

“Offering bribes to foreign public officials will be made illegal under long-awaited reforms to the UK’s bribery laws published today.”

Full story

The Times, 25th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Tottenham lawyer, the £100m Nigerian bribe – and Dick Cheney – The Independent

“Shabby solicitor’s office in north London at the centre of an extraordinary transatlantic investigation.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bringing bribery law up-to-date – Law Commission

“We have published our recommendations in a report on Reforming Bribery.”

Full press release and report

Law Commission, 20th November 2008

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Bribery law reform focuses on overseas work – The Times

“A radical overhaul of bribery laws proposed today by the Law Commission could make British companies liable to prosecution for any corruption in their activities overseas. It would also usher in a new offence of bribing a foreign public official.”

Full story

The Times, 20th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court hears minister bribe claim – BBC News

“Former Tory Home Secretary Michael Howard was rumoured to have been bribed ‘about’ £400,000 to release two drug smugglers from jail, a court has heard.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government condemned for failure to tackle bribery – The Guardian

“The UK government has been strongly criticised for its ‘continued failure’ to meet its international obligations on tackling ‘foreign bribery’ in a damning report published today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ugandan is jailed in UK bribery crackdown – The Guardian

“A Ugandan government official who received bribes from a British company director yesterday became the first person to be convicted of overseas corruption since Britain tightened up its anti-bribery laws.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Terror lawyer bribe probe dropped – BBC News

“Police have dropped a bribery probe into one of the leading UK lawyers who represents terrorism suspects.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyer Jeffrey Tesler ‘bribed officials in $6bn Nigerian gas deal’ – The Times

“A suburban solicitor accused of distributing £100 million of bribes to secure lucrative gas contracts is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.”

Full story

The Times, 12th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Statement on House of Lords ruling: Corner House v SFO – Attorney General’s Office

“Statement on House of Lords ruling: Corner House v SFO.”

Full statement

Attorney General’s Office, 30th July 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

R (Corner House Research and another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) – WLR Daily

R (Corner House Research and another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) [2008] UKHL 60; [2008] WLR (D) 267

“Where, following threats by a foreign state as to the consequences, affecting national security, if he pursued an investigation into alleged corruption, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had discontinued it, he had been entitled in his discretion to do so.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Corner House Research and Another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office – Times Law Reports

Regina (Corner House Research and Another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office

House of Lords

“Where he took the view that protecting the lives of British citizens outweighed the public interest in pursuing an investigation into allegations of corruption, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had been entitled to exercise his discretion to discontinue the corruption investigation following threats by a foreign state as to consequences affecting national security if he did not do so.”

The Times, 31st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Lords overturn Saudi probe ruling – BBC News

“The House of Lords has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office acted lawfully when it halted its investigation into a Saudi arms deal.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

SFO dropped BAE inquiry over ‘national security’ concerns, law lords told – The Times

“The decision to drop the Serious Fraud Office bribery investigation into BAE Systems’ £43 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia was taken for the sake of national security and not for commercial reasons, five law lords were told today.”

Full story

The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

SFO proposes plea-bargain system for British companies – The Times

“British companies will be able to admit bribery offences in return for more lenient sentences under a plea bargain-style system to be put forward by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) this week.”

Full story

The Times, 6th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Top barristers battle over BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia – The Times

“Two of Britain’s highest-paid and most sought after QCs will go head to head during the Serious Fraud Office’s appeal against a High Court ruling that it unlawfully halted its investigation into the BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia. ”

Full story

The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Landlord acquitted of cash bribe – BBC News

“A man who was beaten up by singer Amy Winehouse’s husband has been cleared of accepting a £200,000 bribe to drop his assault complaint.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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