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The recent headline that the richest 1% are on target to own two thirds of all wealth by 2030 has caused quite a stir. It’s clear that the public are concerned about the consequences, and many believe it will lead to increased corruption. The news that the wealth of the richest is growing faster than the wealth of those with

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

Following the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, the Prime Minister has confirmed that it is “highly likely” that Russia was responsible and has led international condemnation of the Kremlin, vowing to “bring all the capabilities of UK law enforcement to bear against serious criminals and corrupt elites.”  Most welcome though

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

Today is International Commonwealth Day. It lands just 5 weeks before fifty-three Heads of Governments will descend in London for the Commonwealth Summit. On the agenda? Deciding what needs to happen to establish a future Commonwealth that is “more secure”, “fairer”, “more sustainable” and “more prosperous”. It won’t be a surprise that at Transparency International

Although corruption disproportionately impacts women everywhere, we shouldn’t just be seen as victims – we are also fighting back. The Transparency International movement is full of such women, powerful and committed to fighting corruption and at the forefront of some of our biggest successes. On International Women’s Day 2018 here are just some of the

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

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