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Investigator's Guide to the UK

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Investigator’s Guide to: The United Kingdom

While the UK's first-ever deferred prosecution agreement and settlement under section 7 of the UK Bribery Act addresses some questions about the UK's enforcement regime, the debate on legal privilege rages on.

Other Highlights

SFO charges two former Serco executives with fraud

The SFO is prosecuting two former directors at outsourcing company Serco for allegedly defrauding the UK’s Ministry of Justice between 2011 and 2013.

SFO investigating Glencore over alleged bribery

The UK SFO has launched an investigation into alleged corruption by Anglo-Swiss mining company Glencore.

Large NCA settlement hints at increasing use of asset-freezing powers

The UK NCA securing £190 million from a Pakistani property mogul could be a template for how the agency will use asset-freezing orders in the future, lawyers have said.

UK Serious Fraud Office investigating ENRC co-founder

Kazakh mining tycoon Alexander Machkevitch is a suspect in the UK SFO’s long-running bribery probe into ENRC – the company he co-founded, a court has heard.

UK’s sprawling Alstom probe ends with fine against subsidiary

Alstom Power Network UK received a significant penalty reduction for its improved compliance systems and anti-corruption certifications.

Ex-Barclays execs lied to save bank from jeopardy, court hears

Three former Barclays executives acted dishonestly to save the UK bank from a government bailout during the 2008 financial crisis, a London court has heard.

National security concerns threaten Airbus GPT bribery case

The UK attorney general could end the UK Serious Fraud Office’s proposed prosecution of an Airbus subsidiary over alleged bribery in Saudi Arabia on national security grounds.

DPAs should come with bigger fine discounts, says ex-SFO director

Despite championing the UK’s use of DPAs, the former director of the SFO Sir David Green QC says the system needs two “vital” changes to make the system more effective.

SFO issues long-awaited corporate cooperation guidance

Lawyers have hailed the publication of the SFO’s guidelines on cooperation as “helpful and sensible” but are concerned about a requirement to appoint third parties to verify privilege claims.

UK judge approves £19.2 million DPA with Serco unit

The DPA was approved on the same day the UK Financial Reporting Council imposed sanctions on Big Four accounting firm Deloitte in relation to the audit of the subsidiary's financial statements.