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Today, Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) come in to force. They are a new investigative power designed to help law enforcement act on corrupt assets. This is something that Transparency International has been advocating for since 2014. For more on what UWOs are and how they work in practice, see our brief guide here. They are particularly

The UK has had an Anti-Corruption Champion since 2004.  There have been seven: Hilary Benn, John Hutton, Jack Straw, Ken Clarke, Matt Hancock, Sir Eric Pickles and – appointed in December 2017 – John Penrose.  The brief started off as attached to a Cabinet Minister;  moved to someone who attended Cabinet, and thence to a

Robert Barrington. Executive Director of Transparency International UK,  was invited as a non-accountant to make provocative remarks to a group of auditors on the nature of fairness and audit.  The location was the Audit Quality Forum, in the Mansion House on November 28th 2017.  A video of the full debate is available here. As an anti-corruption

In the slow car crash of the corruption saga involving South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, yet another British company has been accused of complicity. In this case, it is London law firm Hogan Lovells, accused by Lord Hain of producing an ‘incomplete, fatally flawed whitewash of a report’ into corruption at

by Nick Maxwell – Nick is the Head of ​the Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing (FFIS) programme. As a partnership between the RUSI Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies and NJM Advisory, FFIS leads independent research into the role of public-private financial information-sharing partnerships to detect, prevent and disrupt crime. www.future-fis.com Blink and you

The UK Government has published its much anticipated Anti-Corruption Strategy. You may be asking yourself, is it any good? On the whole, yes. This is a Strategy that sets out the Government’s plans to tackle domestic and international corruption, and lays out a vision for where it wants the UK to be on this issue.

The following speech was delivered by David Cameron at the Transparency International UK Annual Lecture 2017. Check Against Delivery.  Imagine a country where every citizen is forced to spend 14 per cent of their income each year on bribes. Or one where the biggest company – which ought to be a source of national pride

Kathryn Higgs, Director of our Business Integrity Programme, analyses a shift in direction from the US Department of Justice, explaining how it could incentivise the wrong behaviour in companies and offering three suggestions for how it could be improved. What’s new? Last week, the US Department of Justice introduced a new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) recently announced the results of its enquiry into funds lost due to fraud and corruption during the 2014-16 Ebola crisis in West Africa. From a total budget for these activities of $100mil USD, approximately $5mil USD went astray. Transparency International’s Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Programme

What began last week as reports of chance encounters on a personally funded holiday, has led to the drawn-out departure of a Cabinet Minister. Whatever the politics of the situation, Whitehall rivalries or other considerations in play, her offence was to undermine what protects our government from capture by private or foreign interests. All around

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