1 minute read 3 Mar 2019
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UK Bribery Digest: patterns in the last 10 years of UK bribery prosecutions

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EY UK

Multidisciplinary professional services organisation

1 minute read 3 Mar 2019
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The 10th anniversary UK Bribery Digest covers the most notable cases and trends since we began our analysis of cases in April 2008.

It feels like a long time ago when we reflect that in 2008 we were anticipating the UK Bribery Act being introduced and predicting its effects. Since then we have seen three Directors lead the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and many parts of the world enhance their own anti-bribery laws, while the US has continued to evolve its enforcement of the FCPA. It is a different legislative, enforcement and risk landscape that businesses now face.

This Digest has now reported on 86 cases covering the period up to December 2018 with some emerging patterns and trends. It has been fascinating to observe and contribute to the changing tides of informed opinion surrounding these cases and anti-corruption compliance efforts more generally, and to note how these have altered the course of the organisations trying to navigate their way through uncertainty.

Since the end of 2018 there have been cases and decisions which have again caused shockwaves — the announcements not to prosecute individuals in some of the SFO’s high profile cases, and the admission of a senior sales executive to 11 counts of bribery.

Businesses now face a different legislative, enforcement and risk landscape.

As ever, we dissect and comment upon the recent completed cases and set out an updated table of all the cases previously covered in the Digest.

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Summary

Read the 10th edition of EY’s UK Bribery Digest to find observations on the patterns and trends in the last 10 years of UK bribery prosecutions, an enforcement history of the Bribery Act, plus commentary on the nine UK bribery prosecutions completed in 2018.

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EY UK

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Related topics Forensics