In the months since the UK Bribery Act came into force on July 1st 2011, there is one question that I have probably been asked more than any other: what are we actually doing under the Act at the SFO? … In my view, many people would regard the SFO as taking a rather lazy and unreflective approach if we pursued easy ‘quick wins’ rather than the really difficult and more serious cases. Also, I know which type of cases our staff would prefer to investigate – and it is definitely the more challenging ones.So, what are we doing? The plain answer is that we’re actively looking for cases to take up – but these cases are the difficult ones. For example, we have been examining the activities of a number of foreign companies with a UK business presence who are involved in bribery in other countries.
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