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Robert Barrington

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

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

Monday, 22 January 2018 02:39

Do we still need auditors?

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

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

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 03:44

Corruption and the Commonwealth Summit

Next year, the UK will host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), re-branded as the Commonwealth Summit.  So what? With the UK Government looking around the world for new trading relationships post-Brexit,  its attention naturally turns to those countries with which there should be obvious synergies: a broadly common legal system, language, and state institutions. 

As some of the UK’s Overseas Territories face up to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma, is it right that conditions should be placed on aid? In a humanitarian crisis, immediate aid for the victims must be the first priority.  That should certainly be the case, without conditions, for the UK’s Overseas Territories affected by

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