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Anti-corruption enforcement: The UK’s journey from basket-case to the Bribery Act

Jeremy Scott-Joynt authored the first chapter of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery and Corruption. Jeremy has summarised his chapter on the UK’s history of anti-corruption enforcement as part of a serialisation of the chapters that members of Outer Temple contributed to the publication. Corruption is universal. Human beings striving for advantage have always sought it by suborning the servants of their rivals. No group or nation is immune, and the UK is no exception. Its history is replete with examples, from rotten boroughs and army commissions bought and sold to Rachmanism and parliamentary sleaze. In typical English fashion, though, the enforcement framework confronting what has, at times, been endemic bribery and corruption had until 2010 developed piecemeal, through a tattered…

Business Crime, Business Crime, Legal Blog & Publications, News 7 Oct, 2020

How can corporates manage bribery risk as they fight to survive COVID-19

As the lockdown persists and businesses become more desperate, Fiona Horlick QC and Jeremy Scott-Joynt look at why this could mean more corporate bribery and corruption. With spare bedrooms or kitchen table corners continuing to do double duty as office space, many businesses – particularly those whose trade has shrunk – will be aching for a return to normality. However, normal may not return for a long time. Supply chains may shorten. Working practices may change. Long-settled business relationships may be sundered as partners may have ceased to trade. Battered businesses will be desperate for new deals as they seek to keep their staff working. In other words, it’s a perfect time to bribe someone – and the ultimate test…

Business Crime, Business Crime during Covid-19, Covid-19, News 24 Apr, 2020

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