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Robert Barrington

Robert is TI-UK's Executive Director. You can view his full bio here, and tweet him @TIukED.

Today marks the third anniversary of the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit, at which the UK committed to a number of ambitious new initiatives to fight corruption both in this country and around the world. Although many of the UK’s commitments have been implemented, some key pledges are now long overdue. These notably include a commitment to

Robert Barrington. Executive Director of Transparency International UK, reflects on the opportunities and challenges for the UK Government in engaging the business community over the national Anti-Corruption Strategy. As part of its widely-acclaimed national Anti-Corruption Strategy, the UK Government aims to engage the business community.  There is good reason to do so.  Businesses can be

After eleven years at Transparency International UK, Robert Barrington will be moving on from his post as Executive Director to take up a role as Professor of Anti-Corruption Practice in September.  Here he reflects on some of the successes he has seen over the past decade, and future challenges for the anti-corruption movement. When I

Late last year the UK’s Foreign Office accepted that corporate transparency may not be introduced in the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs) until 2023. MPs across Parliament have responded, saying this goes against the spirit of what they voted for. What’s clear is that the longer it takes for the OTs to open-up their company registers to public

Thursday, 17 January 2019 11:34

Seaborne Freight: crises and corruption

One of the concerns most often expressed about Brexit by the anti-corruption community is that it will lead to a lowering of standards. This has usually been framed as a likely deliberate and cynical approach by a future government to securing trade deals, increasing non-EU exports and attracting inward investment – when those tiresome global

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 03:36

How to avoid being ‘unexplained’

Robert Barrington, Executive Director of Transparency International UK, delivered a speech recently at the annual Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime.  The conference theme was ‘Unexplained Wealth – whose business?’ – an indication that the debate has moved a long way since TI first spoke on the then little-known subject of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) at

Gary Lineker managed to generate a twitter storm last week by commenting that the UK is corrupt as well as Russia, and therefore that should not be a basis for deciding who hosts the World Cup.  Is that true – and how relevant is it to football?  Robert Barrington, Executive Director of Transparency International UK,

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is about to appoint a new Director, which gives cause for reflection on the tenure of the current occupant.  Robert Barrington, Executive Director of Transparency International UK, assesses the state of play. The institution David Green inherited in 2012 was in poor shape.  His predecessor had tried hard to

Robert Barrington, Executive Director of Transparency International UK, discusses what more could be done to prevent the proceeds of corruption entering the UK financial system – and what to do about money that slips through the net. In the arcane world of debates about tackling money-laundering, time seems to have sped up since the Salisbury

Thursday, 25 January 2018 01:52

What does the UK’s Anti-Corruption Champion do?

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

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