The UK’s Anti-Corruption Plan

Published on 2014-12-22

The plan follows the UK strategy for combatting serious and organised crime, and applies the “four Ps” to bribery & corruption. Namely to “Pursue” wrongdoers, to “Prevent” people from engaging in corruption, to “Protect” through risk assessments and transparency and to “Prepare”, by assisting whistle-blowers and raising global standards.

Summary by Susan Munro, Member of the Chamber's Financial & Professional Services Focus Group; Managing Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The plan follows the UK strategy for combatting serious and organised crime, and applies the “four Ps” to bribery & corruption. Namely to “Pursue” wrongdoers, to “Prevent” people from engaging in corruption, to “Protect” through risk assessments and transparency and to “Prepare”, by assisting whistle-blowers and raising global standards.

The main themes are an increased focus on working collaboratively on a National and International level, working together with civil society and business leaders, and generally raising Anti-Corruption awareness globally. This approach is to be combined with efforts to use current tools better (such as Deferred Prosecution Agreements and the UK Bribery Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act) and a focus on Anti-Money Laundering, professional gatekeepers, better suspicious activity reporting and improved recovery of criminal assets

The Plan contains 66 action points, including the following:

  • Increased role for the National Crime Agency - to have a central anti-corruption unit and to establish a multi-agency intelligence team
  • Home Office to consider what can be done to incentivise and support whistle-blowers and to develop a model for a single reporting mechanism
  • Ministry of Justice to consider the case for creating a new failure to prevent economic crime offence
  • BIS to implement laws to abolish "bearer shares" and implement a central register of UK Company beneficial owners
  • Cabinet Office to implement the new European Public Procurement Directive
  • BIS to implement the first UK EITI report, and
  • The creation of a new cross departmental unit to provide support to the Anti-Corruption Champion.


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