Tag Archives: Serious Fraud Office

Rolls-Royce Set to Avoid Prosecution After Bribery Settlement

Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay £671 million in penalties in response to several long-running bribery and corruption investigations.  Regulators in the UK, the United States and Brazil investigated claims that Rolls-Royce had paid bribes to intermediaries to secure high-value export contracts in a number of overseas markets, including China, Brazil and Indonesia. In a press … Continue Reading

Bribery in Scotland – Civil Settlement Under Bribery Act and the Scottish Crown Office

On September 25 2015, Brand-Rex Limited, a Scottish network cabling company, entered into a civil settlement with the Scottish Crown Office, admitting that the company had failed to prevent bribery and had received an improper benefit in violation of Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010, which applies to the whole of the United Kingdom. … Continue Reading

Fighting Corruption and Fraud- the ICU and SFO

The United Kingdom’s regime against bribery, corruption and fraud is operating in a new landscape following the introduction in August 2015 of the International Corruption Unit (ICU), a new governmental agency created under the auspices of the Department for International Development (DFID). The latest step in the clampdown on nefarious business practices came as the … Continue Reading

First Company Convicted of Bribing Foreign Officials Ordered to pay £2.2 million

Smith and Ouzman Ltd and two of its directors, were convicted by a Jury under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 (POCA) in December 2014, although the company was finally sentenced on 8 January 2016. The company was convicted under the previous legislation because the offences pre-dated the Bribery Act 2010. The small family run … Continue Reading

UK Government makes U-turn on the reform of corporate criminal liability

In September 2014, the new Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, revealed that the government was considering introducing a new offence of corporate failure to prevent economic crime, such as fraud and money laundering, similar to the corporate offence in the UK Bribery Act 2010 of an organisation failing to prevent bribery. In its UK Anti-Corruption Plan, … Continue Reading

Bribery Act Investigations at Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce, the world’s second largest aircraft engine maker, made a public announcement on the 6 December 2012 that it has provided information to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to bribery and corruption activities that have taken place in Indonesia, China and other undisclosed overseas markets involving its intermediaries. In a statement released through … Continue Reading

Deferred prosecution agreements in the UK- Consultation now open

Back in May, we reported that the new Director of the SFO had offered support to the US-style deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”). DPAs aim to make out-of-court settlements easier by allowing defendant companies to avoid criminal prosecution instead agreeing a series of conditions. These conditions usually including paying a civil penalty, handing back the profits … Continue Reading

Bribery and Corruption – Is There a Future for Self Reporting and Plea Bargaining?

In July 2009, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) issued a document entitled “Approach of the Serious Fraud Office Dealing with Overseas Corruption,” which encourages companies to approach the SFO to self report corruption in exchange for receiving a US-style plea bargain settlement, thus providing the company with certainty of outcome. However, in his white paper, … Continue Reading
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